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Force iTunes 11.0.1 to scan iTunes Music Folder for New Music

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I wanted to delete a single song from iTunes.  I was in the Genre view and had the "Classical" genre highlighted on the left and the song on the right.  But for whatever reason, the "point of focus" when I pressed delete was not the song but the genre.  I ended up deleted over 500 songs from that genre.  Of course, they just went into my recycle bin, and I was able to restore them all to their original location.  But I need to find a way to have iTunes scan my iTunes -> iTunes Music folder for songs not in iTunes.  I've searched high and low on the internet and have found older postings from older versions of iTunes that explain how to click "Add File to Library" and then pick the iTunes Music folder, but when I do this in version 11.0.1 it won't allow me to select a folder, it only allows me to selete individual files.  I'd have to search through hundreds of folders and basically manually select all the missing files.

Is there a way to have iTunes 11 scan its own folder for missing files?  I could restore from a Mozy backup, but my library is nearly 70 GB and I'd rather not if I don't have to!
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Don't pick "add file to library."
Pick "add FOLDER to library."
Choose the music folder, if that's where your music resides.

add folder
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Are you using iTunes 11.0.1?  The whole interface changed totally, and on my computer, the "Add Folder" option doesn't exist.  That is part of my frustration.  It seems functions that existed on the older versions don't exist anymore on the new.  Or at least I can't find them.  Heck, I couldn't even find "Help | About" to see the exact version when I was trying to post what version I was using.  It seems like they have simplified the interface to the point of impossibly hiding things.
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I am.  That's what my screenshot is from.  It's still right there in the menu.
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Hmmm.  I am not at home right now, and the problem exists on my home laptop.  I can tell you my menu is not nearly as long as yours.  However, I'm noticing your menu appears to have parts of it "expanded" similar to how in MS Office menus the full menu will be hidden until you hover long enough for the menu to fully appear.  Is that possible?  I'll run home over lunch and see if I can get a full menu.
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Make sure you're in the "music" section of iTunes (rather than having it focused on one of your devices) when you hover over the "File" drop down.
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I stopped by home and the attached screen shot is what I'm seeing for a menu.  There is no "add folder" option.
iTunes-menu.jpg
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Right, because you're not in the music section of iTunes, you're in the iTunes Store.

You want to be looking at your music library when you do this, not at the iTunes Store.
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No, I was not in the iTunes Store.  The button is showing in the upper right, which is what I would click if I wanted to go to the store.  I was highlighted on Music, and within Music, I was highlighted on "Albums" so what you are seeing is a list of thumbnails of my albums.
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Ok, now it's my turn to say I have to wait until I get home to pull up iTunes and see what the issue might be, as I do get the folder option on that menu.
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I'm not at home yet, but guessing:  What happens if you choose "Show Menu Bar" from the dropdown menu you have, and then choose the "File" option from the menu bar that's shown as a result?
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I'll try that, but I'm not at home yet either.  :-)
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You are correct!  Clicking "Show Menu Bar" exposed the standard menus, and the File menu, has the "Add Folder to Library" option.  Wow.  They hid that well.  

So you are thinking that if I choose "Add Folder to Library" and pick the iTunes --> iTunes Music folder it will search itself and add any missing songs and won't re-add songs already in the library.  Correct?
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Exactly!
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Great job, and thanks so much for your help!
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You're welcome; I'm glad it worked for you, and thanks for following up!
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