Could you please describe in more detail what exactly you were doing?
In addition, please also let us know your OS as well as your version of Lightroom.
Lightroom 6 OX El Capitan version 10.11.3
I just wanted to save my photo. Thats "export" right? I exported my photo to the desktop, and it's not there. I can't find it and I can't re-export the original photo because its no longer saves.
Exporting is the correct way to get an edited photo.
However, the original is left untouched and still must be available in your Lightroom library.
Can you still see the edited photo in the library?
Yes the photo is in my library. When I try to use it, it says "could not use photo because the original could not be found".
Then you probably have a '!' on the photo and/or a '?' on the folder, right.
This means you have moved the original photo file which LR needs to render an export.
Follow this guide: http://www.computer-darkroom.com/lr2_find_folder/find-folder.htm
Im unable to do the first step... it says right click and select "Find missing folders". I don't have that option. Can you just tell me how to get it back?
Explain in a lot more detail.
Where did you right-click? What did you see?
There is a ! on the original photo. Under Folders, the folder name is "desktop" when I right click the folder, I can Update Folder Location. But it just takes me to the desktop again, I still don't see my photo. Im unable to choose find missing folder.
Did you have the original on the desktop?
.. and exported to the desktop with the same filename?
If the folder doesn't have a question mark on it, you don't right-click on it.
You only right-click on the folders with a question mark.
If none of your folders have a question mark, then you click (not right-click) on the photo exclamation point.
All of this is made clear in the link we provided.