3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 21, 2014 1:48 PM by CharlieG2012

    How can I delete (empty) folders in Lightroom?

    CharlieG2012 Level 1

      After culling bad shots and doing a bit of re-organizing, I have found myself with numerous empty folders.  "Removing" them within Lightroom takes them out of the catalog, but leaves the empty folders on the disk.  Is there any way within Lightroom to delete a folder both from the catalog and from disk?  Right now, it seems like a two-step process: delete from the catalog, then in Finder.


      This feels like a simple question, but I haven't been able to find an answer after spending a lot of time searching the Web and poking around in Lr.  I found some (older) posts on various help sites/blogs that suggested Lr should delete empty folders automatically; this definitely isn't the case for me.  Other posts said you should be able to delete a folder by using the right-click context menu, then choosing remove (some indication that this works in Windows, but not Mac).


      I'm running Lr 5.7 (Creative Cloud version); MacBook Air with OS X Yosemite; photos (where the empty folders are) stored on a Synology NAS.


      Thanks a lot for any help.



        • 1. Re: How can I delete (empty) folders in Lightroom?
          areohbee Level 6

          On my system (Windows 7), it will definitely delete folder from disk when removing from Lr, if the folder is empty, and won't if it's not empty.


          So be sure to check with your OS if it's 100% empty - you must be able to view system and hidden files to be sure.

          • 2. Re: How can I delete (empty) folders in Lightroom?
            JimWilde Level 1

            It's likely to be a NAS/OS issue....removing an empty folder from my Synology NAS does not delete the folder, whereas if I do the same with an empty folder on a USB3 connected external drive the folder IS deleted.


            But Rob is also correct, the folder would have to be empty for delete from the disk to happen.

            • 3. Re: How can I delete (empty) folders in Lightroom?
              CharlieG2012 Level 1

              I finally got back to this after a few crazy weeks at work.  JWtest is correct (and I expect Rob Cole as well).  I tested with an empty folder on my Mac and removing it from Lr also deleted it.  However, on my Synology NAS, Lr leaves the empty folder after removing it within Lr.  I can delete NAS folders from within Finder, so clearly the OS is capable of it; I gather it's an Adobe choice to not delete empty NAS folders removed from within Lr, but I can't imagine why.  This is really a nuisance.  After culling photos or doing a bit of reorganization, I'm bound to end up with empty folders that I now have to remove from within Lr and delete from the NAS via Finder.  Sigh.


              Thanks to both of you for the quick responses.