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In the last movie, I showed you how to move files and to rename files the correct way so that your Catalog can keep track of the files. But it's almost inevitable that you will move some files outside of the Organizer, perhaps by mistake or rename files that way. So let's see what happens in that event and what you can do to reconnect a missing file to your Organizer catalog. Here I have a photo of a flower and it happens to be in the 04_03_horses folder. I'd like it to go in the four _03_flowers folder instead.
As I showed you in the last movie, the right way to do that would be to move that photo into the Flowers folder from here in the Organizer; but I'm going to go out to my Operating System and do it there. Here in my Operating System, on the right, you can see the Horses folder and on the left, the Flowers folder. I'm not only going to move the Flowers folder incorrectly, I'm also going to rename it incorrectly, doing both out here in my Organizer. So I'll select the flower in the Horses folder, I'll click on its name again, and I'll change it to 04_04_flower, and press enter or return on my keyboard.
And then I'll click on that flower photo and I'll drag it over into the Flowers folder out in my Operating System. Now, I'm going to go back to the Organizer. Back in the Organizer, at first it looks like nothing has happened to this file. It still bears the old name and we still see a thumbnail of the file in the Horses folder. Now at this point, you may or may not see a little question mark on the file. Even if you don't, if you try to work with the file--for example, if you do something as simple as double-click the thumbnail of the flower to open it into Single Image view--Elements realizes that it can't find the original file.
The name is changed and it's no longer in the Horses folder. So Elements goes out and tries to find that missing file, looking through my drives. Sometimes, it can find and reconnect to that file right away, in which case, there's no problem. But sometimes, as in this case, it takes a long time to look through the many files on my hard drives and in the end, it may not locate that missing file. So if that happens, it's not the end of the world; you still have the ability to locate the file yourself, as it says here.
I'll click the Browse button and that opens the Reconnect Missing Files dialog box. Now, when I use this feature, I have to know where that missing file is. If I don't, I'll close this dialog box and use these search features in my Operating System to try to find the file by name. But if I do know where it is, then I can come over here to this drop-down menu on the right, click the drop-down menu, and navigate to the new location of that photo. I know that its located inside of my 04_03 folder, and there, it's inside the Flowers folder.
So, I'll double-click the Flowers folder and there is the missing file. I'll select its thumbnail and then I'll come down here. On the left, Elements is showing me the original filename and the original location. And on the right, it's showing me the new filename in the new location. So I'll click Reconnect to reestablish the link between the Catalog and the file with its new name and its new location. And now, everything should be fine. If I go to my 04_03_flowers folder in the My folders panel, there is the photo with its new name.
And if I double-click it to bring it into Single Image view, everything is fine; I can now work with the file. It's been reconnected to my catalog. I'll click Grid and that will take me back into Grid view. Now, if you are in Grid view and you happen to see a small question mark at the top left of any of your thumbnails, that means that they have disconnected from the Catalog. And at that point, in order to go through the reconnect process I just showed you, you could go up to the File menu and down to the Reconnect command and choose Missing file or All Missing Files, and that will go through the same process I just showed you.
So I hope that I've now convinced you not to rename or move your files outside of the Organizer. But if you do, you now know how to fix the problem, reconnecting your photos to your catalog.
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