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How to Use Lightroom's Catalog Export and Import Features

Article Description

Martin Evening shows step by step how to import/export Lightroom catalogs from one computer to another (for instance, from a desktop computer to a laptop and vice versa).

Step 2

After exporting the master catalog, I disconnected the removable drive from the iMac computer and connected it to the laptop. On the laptop computer, I opened Lightroom, chose File > Open Catalog, used the navigation dialog box shown in Figure 3 to locate and select the exported catalog file on the removable hard drive, and clicked Open. This action opened the warning message shown in Figure 4. I clicked the Relaunch button to restart Lightroom, running from the new catalog.