Lesson 8.3 Viewing and Managing Digital Photos
Once you have transferred pictures to your computer from a camera, scanner, or Internet download, you can view them on your computer screen and organize them to meet your specific needs. For example, you can view your images as a slide show, change the orientation of an image, rename image files, or group images into new folders.
Windows XPs official storage location for digital images is the My Pictures folder. This doesnt mean you cant store your images elsewhere, but My Pictures is extremely easy to locate and open, and it is also the default storage location for many programs and wizards.
My Pictures offers many options for viewing and managing digital images. What are you waiting for? Lets take a closer look at those pictures!
1 Click the Start button and select My Pictures from the menu.
The My Pictures window appears, displaying its contents.
2 Double-click the folder containing your images.
A preview of all the files appears.
Lets switch views.
3 Click the Views button and select Filmstrip from the list.
The first image appears enlarged on your screen with all other images displayed as thumbnails below it, as shown in Figure 8-5.
Use the buttons below the image to view another picture.
4 Click the Next Image (Right Arrow) button.
The next picture in the filmstrip appears.
You can also view the images in an automatic slide show, starring your pictures.
5 Click the View as a slide show task from the Picture Tasks menu.
A self-advancing slide show of the images in the folder begins on your screen.
6 Move your mouse.
Notice that a small toolbar appears in the upper-right corner of the screen as shown in Figure 8-6. You can use the toolbar to navigate through your images, in addition to the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard.
Lets stop the slide show.
7 Click the Close the window button on the toolbar.
The slide show closes and you are back in the folder window.
8 Click the Views button and select Icon.
One of the most annoying things about digital photographs is that they are saved under pesky serial numbers that are difficult to remember and understand. You can change this by renaming the files.
9 Right-click the image you want to rename and select Rename from the shortcut menu. Type a new name for the image file and press Enter.
And thats all there is to it. Now you wont confuse yourself with all those random serial numbers. Repeat this step for every image you want to rename.
NOTE If you are in Filmstrip view, right-click the thumbnail image to rename the file. If you want to organize your images, you can move them into specific folders.
10 Select the image you would like to move. Click the Move this file task from the File and Folder Tasks menu.
TheMove Items dialog box appears. To find the folder you want to move the file to, click the plus button to display all items hidden inside a drive or folder, or click the minus button to collapse them.
If you cant find the folder youre looking for, or youre just not happy with any of the existing folders, create a new one.
11 Select the drive or folder where you would like the new folder to reside. Click the Make New Folder button, then type a new name for your folder.
Now youre ready to move your items into the new folder.
12 Make sure the new folder is selected and then click Move.
Your file has now been moved from its original location and into the new folder.