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Another Hidden New Lightroom Feature: Favorite Folder Search

Happy, Friday everybody!

Those of you that come here often, or have been to my live seminars, already know that I recommend a ‘collection-based’ workflow, but I also know a lot of you started with, and are still using a Folder panel based workflow. This tip is for those folks. It’s a new feature that Adobe added back in February in the Lightroom Classic 7.2 update, but it kind of slid in under the radar, so I wanted to make sure folks with a Folder-based workflow would know it was there, ’cause it can be really useful.

The ability to do a Text search for Folders in the Folder Panel, but…
…beyond that, you can also tag Folders you use a lot as “Favorites” and Filter your text search to just your Favorites. Here’s how:

STEP ONE: Go to the Folders panel; right-click (Mac: Ctrl-click) on any folder you use often, and choose Mark Favorite from the pop-up menu (as shown here).

STEP TWO: At the top of the Folders panel, right below the title bar, you’ll now find a text field where you can do a text search for Folders — it’s just the one that has been in Collections for a while now). By default, it will search all your folders, but if you click on the magnifying glass icon to the left of the text search field, a menu will pop up where you can choose to just search Favorite Folders (as seen above).

Above: Notice how the search field is narrowed when you choose “Favorite Folders.” Now the list of folders you’re searching through is very small — just those folders you marked as favorite.

NOTE: When you mark a folder as a favorite, Lightroom adds a little star to the bottom right corner of the folder icon (seen above).

Hope you found that helpful.

On Monday, I’m in Hartford teaching Lightroom…
…and a couple hundred photographers are already signed up to spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss. If you live up that way, or know a photographer who does, come on out and join me. (details and tickets)

After Hartford, it’s Salt Lake City
You can come out, too! (details and tickets)

After that, I’ll be teaching Lightroom for 3 days at the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando (May 31 – June 2) 
You can come to that, too! You’ll be learning from me, and Matt Kloskowski, Serge Ramelli, Lightroom Killer Tip’s own Rob Sylvan, Julieanne Kost, Terry White, and more! You’ll learn about Lightroom in three-days than you have in three years. Come and be a part of the world’s biggest Lightroom training event. Details and tickets here. 

Have a nice weekend, ya’ll. 🙂