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Working with folders is a lot like working with files. If you are going to Move or Rename A Folder, you want to do it from inside of your Elements Organizer so that your Catalog can keep track of that folder. I have three folders here, 04_04_ horses, 04_04_mare, and 04_04_sitting. I'm going to start by renaming a folder. I can rename a folder here in the Folders List view or in the Folders Hierarchy view. Here in Folders List view, I'll select the 04_04_mare folder and I'll right-click on that folder, and choose Rename Folder.
That opens this Text box, where I can type a different name. I'll add the word Gray. And then I'll press Enter or Return on my keyboard. So that quickly renames that folder. Now, I'd like to try to move that folder into the Horses folder. I'll click on the gray_mare folder, and I'll try to drag it into the Horses folder, but nothing happens. That's because, to move a folder, I have to go to My Folder Hierarchy view. So, I'll do that by going to this icon to the right of my folders and I'll click there.
I'm going to move my cursor over the border between the Folders panel and the Grid on the right, and I'll drag to the right so that we can see the Folder Names here. And then I'll click on my ray_mare folder and I'll click and drag it inside of my 04_04_horses folder. When that lights up with Bold text, I'll release my mouse. And you can see by the fact that the 04 _04_gray_mare folder is indented under the 04_04_horses folder, that the gray_ mare folder is inside the Horses folder now in my Folder structure.
And that's true if I were to go out to my hard drive and look at the Folder structure there, too; because moving a folder like this inside the Organizer also moves it on my drive. Now, let's see what happens if I try to rename and move a folder outside of the Organizer. I'll go out to my Operating System, and there I'm going to take the 04_04_sitting folder and drag it on to my Desktop. I'm also going to rename it, Clicking on its name and changing it to 04_04_resting.
Now, let's go back into the Organizer and see if it could keep track of those changes made outside the Organizer. At first, it looks like I haven't made any changes to the folder 04_04_sitting. It appears to still be where it was originally, and its name hasn't changed. If I select that folder and then I try to do something to the photo inside the folder like double-click it to open it in Single Image view, Elements realizes that it can't find the contents of that folder. So to point it to the correct folder with the correct name, I'll click the Browse button.
I'll go to the Locate Missing Files menu and I know that I've put the folder with this file on my Desktop, so I'll click Desktop. I'll find the renamed 04_04_ resting folder and select that. And down here, I can see that that's enough to reconnect to the file. I'll click Reconnect and I can see in the Folders panel that that has solved the problem. Now on my Desktop, there is a Managed Folder called 04_04_resting. So the Organizer has recognized that name change.
And if I click on that folder, I see the file inside the folder; and I can double-click that file, and it opens just fine into Single Image view. So, the upshot is that when you're moving or renaming a folder, do it from inside the Organizer, just as you should when you're moving or renaming a file. But if you do rename or move a folder from outside the Organizer, you do have the possibility of reconnecting your files and folders back to your Organizer, as I showed you in this movie.
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