I ran into an issue where Lightroom Classic refused to let me rename a folder/directory. Here’s how to isolate the problem and fix the issue.
An example error message:
“The folder 2021-01-18 NYC Photo Session could not be renamed or moved.”
- Exit from File Explorer/Finder.
- Exit and restart Lightroom Classic, and try the rename/move again
If the above doesn’t work, then try the following:
- Use File Explorer/Finder and navigate to the folder/directory containing the folder you’re trying to rename.
- Make sure there isn’t an existing folder/directory with the same name you’re trying to change to.
- The folder would not be shown in Lightroom if there are no cataloged photos in it.
- If the folder/directory doesn’t already exist, make sure the folder/directory you’re trying to rename, or a file within it, isn’t open in another app.
- Reboot the computer to release any locks on the folder or files within the folder.
Workaround / Fix
If the above checks didn’t resolve the problem, then you’ll need to work outside of Lightroom to rename the folder/directory, then tell Lightroom were to find the files it thinks are “missing.”
- Outside Lightroom, use File Explorer/Finder to rename the folder/directory.
- Wait for Lightroom to determine the folder/directory is missing. It’ll show a question mark to the left of the folder name.
- Right-click on the missing folder in Lightroom and choose ‘Find missing Folder’.
- Select the renamed folder/directory to update Lightroom with the new name/location.
- App: Adobe Lightroom Classic v10.3
- OS: Windows 10 v20H2
- Date Resolved: 2021-05-03