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Here I want to take a look at how we can work with folders, and in particular, I want to highlight how we can rename and also create new folders by way of a shortcut. You know, the great thing about folders is that they match or mirror exactly what's on the hard drive, whereas Collections, they only exist in Lightroom. So when we are making a change to a folder, we need to be thinking about how we are also making a change to that folder name on the hard drive. To change the name of a folder, like this particular folder here, we can right-click or Control+click on the folder. Next, we can choose Rename.
What I want to rename this folder as is People-Portraits, because really, all of these people photographs inside of this folder are portraits. I'll go ahead and click Save, and you can see how it's going to then rename that particular folder. Well, what about creating a subfolder? To do that, we can once again right-click, or Control+click, and here, choose Create a Folder Inside of "People-Portraits". In doing that, I can give this a new name. I'm going to name this Photographers. I have a few portraits of people who are photographers themselves, so I'll go ahead and include this selected photograph, because this guy here is a photographer, and then I'll click Create.
You can see that I now have one image inside of this folder. If we press the G key to go to the Grid View, we can see that we're also seeing this image in this view. That's because we're seeing this folder, and also its subfolder. Let's add a few more images to the subfolder, so that we can talk about how this works. Here it's telling me that I'm moving this file; I definitely want to do that, so I'll go ahead and click on these other portraits of photographers in order to move these files to that location. All right, well in doing that, this time what I want to do is change the way that Lightroom is showing me these images.
Rather than showing me all of these images -- this folder, and also this folder -- I just want to see my People-Portraits main folder; not the subfolder. To change that functionality, you can go to the Library pulldown menu, and then choose Show Photos in Subfolders, and turn that off. Notice it now only displays 25 photographs, versus previously, when it displayed 29. To show both the folder, and subfolder, go back to Library, and then select Show Photos in Subfolders.
Next, in order to move a folder, if you want to move it to a new location, you can simply click and drag, and then drop. This is telling me that I'm actually moving these files on a disk; that's okay. We'll go ahead and click Move, and you can see how that's now in a different location. To bring this back to where it was previously, just click, and drag, and drop, and then you can move it back. So as you're making changes to your folders, you want to keep in mind that these are mirroring or matching exactly what's on the hard drive, so the changes that we'll make inside of our folders panel will also be made on our hard drive.
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