Locating Source Folder

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Today’s Question: When I do a Bridge search for a file number (or other image attributes) is there a way to identify what folder the image file was found in?

Tim’s Quick Answer: Yes, you can right-click on an image in your search results within Adobe Bridge and choose “Reveal in Bridge” to automatically navigate to the folder where the source file is located.

More Detail: This question was presented in response to a question about a similar feature that is available in Adobe Lightroom. In short, when you use a filter or search feature to locate a specific photo, it isn’t always immediately obvious which folder the image is actually located in.

There are two basic options available in both Adobe Bridge and Lightroom that enable you to navigate to the source folder after locating an image through a filter or search.

The first is to reveal the source folder within the application. In Adobe Bridge you can do so by right-clicking on the image you located with a search, and then choose “Reveal in Bridge” from the popup menu that appears. In the Folders panel the source folder will be highlighted, with the image you selected highlighted within the Content panel. In Adobe Lightroom you can accomplish the same basic task by right-clicking on an image and choosing “Go to Folder in Library” from the popup menu.

In both Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom you can also open up a window from your operating system that reveals the folder where the image is contained. For this option you can right-click on the image and then choose “Reveal in Finder” for Bridge or “Show in Finder” for Lightroom if you are a Macintosh user, or “Reveal in Explorer” for Bridge or “Show in Explorer” for Lightroom if you are a Windows user. This will open a window in your operating system revealing the applicable folder for the image you selected.