I installed LR 3 on my Windows 7 PC. When I try to import photos from an external device, they go into LR. I want them to go into Pictures. How do I set LR so that photos are imported bypassing LR? Thanks a lot!
Pictures are not stored in the LR program or LR catalog, LR merely remembers where the images are when you import them.
You can set whatever destination you want in LR's Import panel, but you cannot have LR copy images into the destination without also importing them from that destination once they are copied.
If this doesn't answer your question try asking it, again, with more specific details about what is happening and what you want to happen, instead.