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Tech Tip
by Brad Appleby
Appleby Arts

Organize Your Photos

Now that you have hundreds if not thousands of pictures stored somewhere on your hard drive, how do you find anything? If you have been saving your photos in you’re “My Documents/My Pictures” folders, you have done great! Now you need to create some individual folders to keep everything organized.

First: Right click on the start button. Second: Left click on explore. This will bring up windows explorer in the two-window mode. Remember that whenever you “right click” anywhere on the screen you will get a menu. The menu will be different depending on what you “right click” on. The “left click” is the take action button.

In the left window you will see lots of folders with little [+] and [-] to the left of the folders. When you click on [+] it opens that folder and [-] closes that folder. I like to start by clicking on the [-] next to the “Local Disk (C:)” this will close all of the main hard drive folders.

“Left click” on the My Documents folder on the left window. That will open the folder and it will show you what is in the folder in the right window. Now “left click” on the My Pictures folder in the left window. You can now see all of your photos and folders in the right window.

Make some new folders to save your pictures in. In the right window in an open area “right click” then “left click” on “NEW” then “FOLDER”. This will create a new folder. Now type in the name you want and press the “Enter” key. Now just select and drag your pictures to the new folder.

I like to name my folders easy to remember names like: “Events/Christmas 2007" or “Birthdays/Brad/2007” so that I can find them easily. Just build more folders within other folders to make the pictures easy to find. The “/” symbol shows a folder within a folder.

Don’t forget to back up your photos and files on CD or DVD before organizing them.

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