Locate missing photos

Sometimes the link between the catalog and a photo breaks. When that happens, Lightroom displays a Photo Is Missing 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.

  1. (Optional) In the Library module, choose Library > Find Missing Photos to display missing files in the Grid view.
  2. Click the Photo Is Missing icon  in a thumbnail cell in the Grid view.

    A dialog box opens and displays the last known location of the missing photo.

  3. Click the Locate button, navigate to where the photo is currently located, and then click Select.
  4. (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.

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