Navigating Your Photo Folders in Organizer

If you'd like to get a simultaneous look at your pictures and the folders on your PC where they're stored, choose View —+ Arrangement -4 Folder Location (or choose from the drop-down menu at lower left in Figure 8-2 ). A new pane on the left appears, showing the folder structure, including the exact location of the current batch of photos. Just as in Windows XP's Explorer Bar (Section 5.1.2 ), you navigate by clicking plus and minus signs to expand and collapse folders, working your way down to the ones that contain the photos you want to see. Click a folder's icon to see the photos it contains displayed in the Image Well.

You can also move your photos directly within this Folder view pane by dragging them between folders (Figure 8-3 ). Moving your photos via the Folder view pane is better than moving them by, say, using Windows, because doing so lets Elements keep track of where your photos are.

Figure 8-3. If you want to move photos around on your PC after you've brought them into the Organizer, either choose File —4 Move or drag them within this pane of the Photo Browser.

Figure 8-3. If you want to move photos around on your PC after you've brought them into the Organizer, either choose File —4 Move or drag them within this pane of the Photo Browser.

Here's the technical explanation: The Organizer only keeps a record of where your photos are; it doesn't actually make copies for its own use. Behind the scenes, the Organizer stores the information about your photos in a special database called a catalog . You don't have to do anything special to create this container. Elements creates your catalogcalled My Catalog automatically the first time you import photos.

Once you've imported photos into Elements, you must move them from within the Organizer (as opposed to dragging them around in a folder window, for example). Otherwise, the Organizer's catalog doesn't know where you put them. By the same token, when you delete a photo from your hard drive in Windows, you also delete it from the Organizer.

Tip: If you move photos around when you're not in the Organizer and Elements loses track of them, then choose File ^^ Reconnect to help Elements find them again.

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