Browsing Multiple Folders

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Today’s Question: You have recommended having an individual folder for each photo trip. But what about when you visit the same location more than once, and you want to be able to browse all of the photos from that location from multiple trips? How can you browse all of the images in Lightroom if the photos are in different folders?

Tim’s Quick Answer: You can simply browse the contents of multiple folders in Lightroom by selecting more than one folder from the Folders list on the left panel, and applying any filters you’d like to determine which photos within the multiple selected photos you’ll actually be browsing.

More Detail: I’ve found that many Lightroom users don’t realize they can select more than one folder from the Folders list on the left panel in the Library module, in order to browse the photos contained in multiple folders.

You can start by clicking on one of the folders you’d like to browse, within the Folders list on the left panel in the Library module. If the multiple folders you want to browse are all in a row, you can then hold the Shift key on the keyboard while clicking on the name of the last folder among those you want to browse. If you want to select folders that aren’t all in a row, you can hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Command key on Macintosh while clicking on individual folders to toggle the selection of each folder on or off.

As you select more than one folder, you’ll be browsing the images contained in all of the selected folder. If you then apply a filter (such as for images with a star rating) you will only see the images from all of the selected folder that match the filter criteria you’ve established.