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This is a movie for Windows users only. It's about Watched Folders. A feature that you don't have if you're on a Mac. If you're on Windows, you may have notice in the hierarchical view of your folders that your My Pictures folder has an icon of binoculars on it. And, that means that by default, the My Pictures folder is considered a watched folder in Elements Organizer. That means that whenever you put in a new photo or other media file into your My Pictures folder, you'll get a message here in the organizer telling you that there is a new photo there and asking if you want to import it to your organizer catalogue.
A watch folder can be really useful if, for example, you automatically download photos from your smart phone into a particular folder. Then, you'll know that you have new photos there, and that you can import them into your organizer. Let me show you how a Watched Folder works. I'm going to go out to my hard drive and over here, you can see my pictures folder on my hard drive. I'm going to take this photo that I happen to have on my desktop, and I'm going to put it inside My Pictures folder. And, now I'll go back to Elements Organizer. When I do, I see this message on the face of the organizer that a new file has been found a Watched Folder.
Do I wish to add the new file to the media browser, which means to import the file to this catalog. I could click No, and that would just dismiss this message. Or, if I click Yes, that will open this dialogue box, which will show me a thumbnail of every new file in that Watched Folder. And, here I can select those that I do want to add to the media browser. Selecting means to have a check mark next to those photos, and then, I'll click OK. That automatically imported that photo into my organizer catalog. Now, if you look at my pictures folders, you'll see it has a bit different icon on it, meaning that it's not only a Watched Folder but, it also has content that I've brought into this catalog.
You're not limited to using just the My Pictures as a Watched Folder. You can designate additional folders as Watched Folders too. And, to do that you'll just right click on any folder, like this one, and choose Add to Watched Folders. If you want to delete the watched folder designation from a folder, then right click the folder and choose Remove From Watched Folders. So, if you're often moving photos in and out of your My Pictures folder and you're sick of seeing that message on the front of Elements Organizer, you can always right-click My Pictures folder and remove that one from Watched Folders too.
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