Locate missing photos

Sometimes the link between the catalog and a photo breaks. When that happens, Lightroom displays a question-mark icon  in image cells in the Grid view and the Filmstrip. In the Develop module, Lightroom indicates that the photo is offline or missing. Links between a catalog and its photos can break for a variety of reasons, including because photos are moved in the operating system instead of from within Lightroom, or because photos are stored on an external drive that is offline. If the drive is offline, turn it on. To locate missing files, do the following:

  1. In the Grid view, click the question-mark icon in a thumbnail cell.

    A dialog box displays the original file path of the photo.

  2. Click Locate, navigate to location of the moved photo, and then click Select.
  3. (Optional) In the Locate dialog box, select Find Nearby Missing Photos to have Lightroom search for other missing photos in the folder and reconnect them as well.