Determining the Folder


Today’s Question: In Lightroom Classic, if you’re looking at an image under All Photographs, how can you tell what folder it’s in?

Tim’s Quick Answer: There are actually several ways you can determine which folder a photo is in, including by using an option to automatically navigate to the folder containing a selected photo.

More Detail: In Lightroom Classic there are a wide variety of ways you can locate images. That includes browsing the “All Photographs” collection found in the Catalog section near the top of the left panel in the Library module, possibly using filters to locate a particular image.

When you have located an image outside of the context of a folder, you naturally may want to determine which folder contains the image, and perhaps browse that folder to find related images.

To begin with, once you’ve selected a photo the name of the folder is shown in the Folder field on the Metadata panel, as long as you’ve selected a metadata display option that includes this field. That display option can be selected from the popup to the left of the Metadata heading on the right panel in the Library module. The “Default” and “EXIF and IPTC” metadata display options include this Folder field, for example.

In addition to seeing the name of the folder that contains the current image, you can also navigate to the folder in a couple of ways. First, to the right of the Folder field in the Metadata section of the right panel in the Library module you’ll see a button with a right-pointing arrow on it. Click that button to navigate to the folder that contains the selected image.

You can also right-click on an image and choose “Go to Folder in Library” from the popup menu to navigate automatically to the folder that contains the image you right-clicked on. Using any of the options presented here though, you can easily identify the name of the folder that an image is contained in, and even navigate quickly to that folder.