No, by default, exporting does not cause the photo to appear in the Catalog, nor does it cause the folder to appear in the Folder Panel.
There is an option in the Export dialog box that automatically imports the exported photo into the catalog, maybe that's what you want, maybe not. I rarely see a need to have exports included in the catalog. Most people export only when needed for non-Lightroom purposes, and in that case, there's no reason to keep exports long-term, as you can always re-create the exported photo by exporting it again.
Ok, thanks for you answer, but my thinking was: While I am here working on this image, and I got it where I want it, go ahead and export it as .tif in an "edited" folder so I will have it when I am ready to print, AND I will not have to go back through all my images to find it, if I remember the image was edited and ready.
I will not have to go back through all my images to find it
This seems to me that you are avoiding the strengths of Lightroom, which gives you many many ways to organize and find photos easily. There are more efficient ways to operate in Lightroom. But if it works for you, then it works for you!
well, I am not knowledgeable of all of Lightroom's strengths, that is why I
put the question to the forum!! If there is a more efficient way than
having to remember I have an image fully edited out of thousands, then I
surely want to know it.
You need to use Lightroom to organize the photos. This can be done via keywords or other metadata, folders in the Folder Panel, collections, or any combination thereof. You shouldn't need to create a folder just so you can find things; but if you are brand new to Lightroom, that may be the best solution for now.