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Although there are lots of sophisticated ways to arrange and organize your photos in the Organizer, Adobe recognizes that many people are still going to fall back on the folders on their hard drive as a way of thinking about where their files are located. And so in Elements 11, Adobe improved the view of folders here in the Organizer. The folder view is now in the face of the Organizer here in the My Folders panel, which you can expand and contract using the arrow to the left of My Folders. There are two views of My Folders, the default view is this flat view.
In flat view, you see in this list only folders that contain photos that you have already brought into this catalog. Obviously, I have other folders on my computer, but the only ones that appear here are those that contain photos that are in this Exercise files catalog. And as you have seen throughout the course clicking on a folder here displays its contents over here in the grid area of the Organizer. The other way to view My Folders is with a more full hierarchy of folders on my computer. To access that hierarchy view or tree view I'll call it, I'll click this icon right here to the right of my folders.
And then, I am going to hover over the border between the column on the left and the grid and I'm going to drag it over to the right so we can see the names of all these folders. This view shows both the folders that contain photos in this catalog those are the ones with the little icon of the mountains on them, as well as some higher-level folders in my file system which don't contain photos in this catalog directly. And that includes the Chapter folders in the Exercise files, the Exercise files folder itself, my desktop folder and so on.
I don't see every single folder on my computer in this view. If there are other folders that I want to see, folders that don't contain photos that are in the catalog I can access those by clicking on a folder one level up here in the tree view. So for example, I know that I have another folder of files on my desktop other than the Exercise files folder. To see that I'm going to right-click on my Desktop folder in Tree view and go down to the Show All SubFolders command and there is that additional folder that I know is on my desktop the one labeled additional files.
You may find yourself repeating that command several times as those additional folders sometimes disappear depending on where you are in this hierarchy. Earlier in the course, I mentioned that it's important not to go out to your file system and move files and folders around if those files and folders have already been brought into your Elements catalog. If you do that it will break the link between those photos and your catalog. So how do you move photos around once you have brought those photos into a catalog? Well, you do it here in the folders panel.
So, I am going to scroll down and I am going to click the plus symbol next to this folder 06-02, and that reveals a couple of subfolders in the 06-02 folder. I will click on the 06-02 and two folder and you can see that there is one file in that particular folder. And then in the 06-02 horizontal folder there is another file and in the 06-02 vertical folder there is yet another file. I will click on the 06-02 horizontal folder. I'd like to take this photo of sunflowers and move it up one level into the 06-02 folder.
The place to do that is right here in the Organizer not out on my file system. I'll click on this photo I'll drag over into the folders column and I'll come down and hover over the 06-02 folder where I want to put this file and then I will release my mouse. Now if I click on the 06-02 folder you can see the sunflowers photo in there. Where did the 06-02 horizontal folder go? Well, it's still on my hard drive, but it's not showing up in this list right now, because it no longer contains a photo that's in this catalog.
If I want to see that folder anyway, again I will right-click on the 06-02 folder and I will choose Show All SubFolders. And now I can see the empty 06-02 horizontal folder there. So that's how to move photos around, after you brought the photos into a catalog. You also can move folders around the same way, so let's say that for some reason I want to put this 06-02 vertical folder one level up into the Chapter 06 folder. To do that I'll click on the 06-02 vertical folder and I will just drag up until the Chapter 06 folder lights up and I'll release my mouse.
And that's moved the 06-02 vertical folder up one level. So that's a look at the Folders panel here in the Organizer.
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