I know there's a limit in the keyword panel.. something like 1600 visible-John Beardsworth's mentioned it before-perhaps it's the same in the folder panel. Are the folders nested?
I can see all of the folders in the folder list, just can not click on the last 30-40 so maybe 1700 is limit
The folders are setup as: (each folder has 1-4 pictures inside)
In LightRoom it shows up as
(note: I am using the part1, part2, part3 as an example.. the actual folder names are our internal 6 digit ID)
Perhaps putting them into folders of 1000 subfolders would fix it for you.
I had thought about that, but due to our processes & post imaging processing that throws a major wrench in the operations so that is a last ditch option, I hope.
It's rare to have that many folders, so I'm guessing that it's a hard limit in the size of the UI on Windows.
Thanks for your help. I tried installing LR5.5 on a different better computer last night (Win7 64bit 8GB ram), imported the folders/photos into a new catalog and have the same problem, so it looks like there is some sort of limit to the number of folders in Lightroom (at least on windows). I had a glimmer of hope as I found some other people had gotten around "hard" limits on numbers of items in Lightroom by editing some of the LR config/preference files but I have yet to find one that limits/controls the number of folders.
The limit isn't the number of folders, per se, but the number of lines that are visible in the folder panel. Sean's suggestion of increasing the depth of your tree and collapsing some of the parent folders is the only thing I can see working for you. The bug has been around for a long, long time, and it doesn't seem to be high on Adobe's list of problems they want to fix.
"It's rare to have that many folders, so I'm guessing that it's a hard limit in the size of the UI on Windows."
Yes, and Adobe's fault for not coding around it. You just have to do what's been said about the folder tree.
Thanks to everyone for the replies. Unfortunately splitting the folders/creating sub folders is not a viable (or sustainable) long term solution. For now we have decided to keep using Lightroom in its current state (as we can still take pictures), but will have to look for a workable long term solution (which it sounds like means moving away from Lightroom)
Thanks again everyone!