I'm not quite getting what I want, but maybe I'm doing things wrong. Am I correct that none of these approaches let me view the folder hierarchy?
Look in the Filmstrip (F6).
This shows me the folder or collection which is selected,
but not the sub folder within which it resides.
You can also click the file path and switch to previous folders.
This doesn't show directory structure. It's a crap shoot as to whether it's folder is in there or not, and If I'd know it if it were.
The other thing is to go to Folders, right click the folder, and select show parent (promote subfolders reverses the process)
But if I'm on the parent folder it doesn't indicate a path of sub-folders.
So...if I'm in my master collection (All Photographs) and set up a filter that narrows things down to a few hundred photos, and I want a quick peek at where in my folder directory a handful or two of them lie, what's the quickest way do that?
Looking at filmstrip I see "All Photos". If I click the image name in filmstrip I get list of recent places which may or may not include it's place of residence, and even if it does, I might not know it. Clicking on the All Photographs catalog merely invites me to import more photos.
Time and again in LR I hit these insurmountable limitations on issues I think should be routine. I'm really asking myself if I want to spend more time better learning this program or if my time isn't better spent searching for higher ground. Any 'big view' recommendations?