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If you want to physically move a file from one location on your computer to another, or from your main hard drive to an external drive, please remember to do that from inside the Organizer, rather than directly out of Windows. Otherwise, the Organizer can't necessarily keep track of the file and the file may go missing from your catalog. But don't worry. If a file does go missing, Elements will do its best to help reconnect the file to the catalog system. Let's see how all this works. I'm working in the 02_09 subfolder, and I'm going to select this photo there, Guitar_8.jpg.
Then I'm going to go up to the File menu at the top of the screen and I'm going to choose Move. This gives me a dialog box from which I can move this particular file from inside the Organizer to some other place on my computer. So, let's say I want to move this file to my Desktop. In the Move Selected Items dialog box, I'll click Browse. I'll click on my Desktop and then I'll just click OK. If at this point I decide that I want to add some other files to the collection of files that I'm going to move, I can click on the Add symbol here.
In this dialog box, I could click on a particular photo to move it or I could choose to move the entire catalog, or I could move an album or I could move all of the images to which I've attached a particular keyword tag. In this case, I'm not going to add any more files to the collection that I'm moving. I'm just going to move that single file. So I'm going to uncheck this thumbnail, and I'll click Cancel. Back in the Move Selected Items dialog box, I'm going to click OK. Now in the Photo Browser, take a look at the path designation, here above the Guitar_8.jpg photo thumbnail.
Notice that it's telling me that the file now lives on the desktop of my computer rather than inside the 02_09 Exercise Files folder, where it used to be. Elements has automatically reconnected the Organizer to this file, so that the Organizer is keeping track of the file and could perform all of the normal functions on that file that it could when the file was inside the 02_09 Exercise Files folder. So now let's do a comparison and see what happens if I try to move a file the wrong way out in Windows Explorer.
To do that, I'm going to minimize the Organizer by going to the top-right of the Organizer screen and clicking the Minimize button right here. Now I'm looking at my Desktop in Windows Vista. Here is the Guitar_08 file that I moved out to the desktop. I'll try to manually move it from the desktop back into the Exercise Files folder. My Exercise Files folder is here on my desktop. I'm going to double-click it to open it, and then I'll double-click the chapter02 folder, and I'll double-click the 02_09 folder.
Then I'll click-and-drag on the Guitar_08 file into the 02_09 folder. Then I'll close this window by clicking the red X, and I'm going to maximize the Elements Organizer again, by clicking on it down here in the taskbar. Now take a look at the path designation above the Guitar_08 image. Elements still thinks that that image is on the desktop. It doesn't know that I moved it from the desktop into the 02_09 folder, outside of Elements. It's important that Elements know where the photo really lives, so that it can keep track of it.
So what I need to do is make sure that Elements reconnects this photo to the Organizer. There are two ways to reconnect a photo like this. One is automatic and one is manual. The automatic way would happen if I was trying to do something to this photo, like adjust its date. If I use the Adjust Date feature, Elements would automatically go out and try to find the photo in its new location, and reconnect it. And sometimes that happens so fast that you don't even realize it. But if I don't plan to do anything to this photo, but I still want to make sure that it's reconnected, I can reconnect it manually like this.
I'll make sure the file is selected, and then I'll go up to the File menu. I'll choose Reconnect, and I'll go over to Missing File. As soon as I did that, Elements went out and very quickly found the new location of this photo. Now, if you look at the path above the selected photo, you can see that Elements realizes that the physical file is actually inside the Exercise Files folder in Chapter 2, in subfolder 02_09. So the main point to take from this movie is to remember that if you want to move some files around, try to do that from inside the Organizer catalog, using the File > Move feature, rather than doing it physically out in Windows.
But if you do it outside the Organizer, Elements will help you to find and reconnect the missing file.
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