by Julieanne Kost
In Lightroom, clicking on a folder in the Folder panel displays not only the photographs in the selected folder, but also the photographs in it’s subfolders. This may be confusing if you are accustomed to viewing images in the operating system or in Bridge where the default view would display the photographs in the folder as well as an icon for any subfolders, but not show the contents of the subfolders. To change this default view to display only the photographs in a folder (and neither their subfolders nor their contents in the Grid view) toggle the Library > Show Photos in Subfolders option (or click the + (plus) icon on the Folders panel and toggle the Show Photos in Subfolders menu item.
Note: With the Show Photos in Subfolders option toggled off, the photo count displayed in the Folder panel will change (as it is now counting only the photos in a folder and not in a subfolder). Don’t be alarmed if the top folder suddenly has a count of zero – it is probably because there are no loose photos in that folder, they are all in subfolders instead.