Organising Your Photos

Once you have copied your digital photos from your camera to your computer, you can start to organise them by renaming them, moving them to different folders, deleting them, etc. In the example below you can see that photos have been given names to identify the subject of the photo and they have been stored in a subfolder called 05-06 May 2011 which itself is stored in a folder called Photos 2011.


Selecting photos

Before doing anything you need to select one or more photos. To select:
  • an individual photo, click on it
  • a consecutive group of photos, click the first photo in the group, then press and hold the SHIFT key and click on the last photo.
  • a group of non-consecutive photos, press and hold the CTRL key, then click on each photo you want to select.
  • all photos in a folder, click on "Edit" then "Select All".

Renaming

Right click on a selected photo, choose "Rename" and then type in the name which you want to give to the photo. Press "Enter" to confirm. If you have selected multiple photos, the computer will automatically add a number, eg "Spring flowers (1)", "Spring flowers (2)", etc.

Moving and copying

To move photos to another folder, select one or more photos as above then click on one of the selected photos and drag them to the destination folder. To copy photos, hold down the CTRL key while dragging the photos to the destination folder. If you start to drag photos then change your mind, press the Esc key to cancel before releasing the mouse button.

Deleting

Right click on a photo or group of photos, choose "Delete", check that you are deleting the correct photos, then confirm the deletion.

Photo file sizes

Digital photos are stored in files on your computer. The size of these files is measured in kilobytes or megabytes. More about file sizes.