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In the earlier movies in this chapter, I suggested that you not rename or move files that are in your Organizer from outside of the Organizer. Rather, you should use the commands inside the Organizer to move or rename files, so that it's easier for the Organizer to keep track of those files. But it's not the end of the world if you do rename or move a file from your operating system, because often, Elements can automatically reconnect to that file, and if it can't, you can help it along. Here for example, I have a photograph named ivy.jpg.
Rather than move this file as I should, from the inside of the Organizer using the File>Move command, I'm going to go out to my operating system and try moving it there. I'll minimize the Organizer by clicking this Minus symbol, and out on my Desktop, I'm going to go inside of my Exercise Files folder, into the chapter02 Organizer folder, and down to my 02_09 subfolder. There is the actual photo. Remember that the image that we saw in the Organizer is just a low resolution thumbnail copy of this actual photo.
So, this is where the photo lives. I'm going to move it from its 02_09 subfolder onto the Desktop by dragging it there, and then I'll close this window. Now, let's go back to the Organizer and see what's happening there. The Organizer currently thinks that this file is still located in the 02_09 subfolder. But if I try to do something to the file, I think we'll see something different. I'm going to select the thumbnail by clicking on it, and then, I'm going to drag the size slider over to the right, making this thumbnail bigger.
At this point, I can see that the Organizer now realizes that it doesn't know where the file is. It basically has disconnected itself from the file. I know that, because there's now a question mark icon in the top-left of the thumbnail. So, what can I do at this point? I can go up to the File menu and choose Reconnect>Missing File, and right away the Organizer goes out and finds the file in its new location, and it only took a couple of seconds to reconnect with the file. So, the Organizer now knows there is no file inside the 02_09 subfolder, but if I click on the Desktop folder in the Folders column on the left, you can see that the Organizer has found the file in its new location, which is on the Desktop.
The lack of a question mark in the top- left corner means that the Organizer is now reconnected to this photo in its new location. So often, that's all that you need to do. But let's see if we can set up a little tougher situation for the Organizer. I'm going to go outside the Organizer again, and this time I'm going to rename the file. Out here on the Desktop, I'm going to click on the name of the file, and when the name is highlighted in blue, I'll type a new name. I'll call this wall.jpg and I'll press Return or Enter on my keyboard.
Now, I'm going to go back into the Organizer, I'll select the thumbnail of the photo, and I'm going to move that sizing slider again. Again, the organizer realizes that it can't find the file, and that's because the name of the file has now been changed outside in the operating system. So, I'll go up to the File menu again, and again, choose Reconnect>Missing File. Now this time, I see this dialog box showing me progress as the Organizer tries to find that missing file. It's taking longer this time than it did just a moment ago, when all I did was move the file.
I could click the Browse button here and try to locate the file myself, or I can wait until Elements is done with its search. And now that search is done and Elements hasn't been able to find and reconnect with the renamed file. So, it's asking me for help. In this dialog box, I see the name of the missing file here. If there were multiple missing files, I would select the ones that I wanted to reconnect here. But there's only one and it's already selected, and I can see a preview of the missing file down here. Over here, I can try to find the missing file.
Now, we know that the missing file is on the Desktop and that its name is now wall.jpg. But you can imagine a situation where you wouldn't have that information and it would be difficult to locate the missing file manually like this. But I will make sure that I've navigated to the Desktop here, and I'll select wall.jpg as the file to which I want to reconnect. I see a preview of that file down here, and I'll click the Reconnect button. In just a moment, the Organizer has been reconnected to that renamed file.
The question mark is now gone from the top-left of the thumbnail, and I can see the correct new name of the file here at the bottom of the thumbnail, wall.jpg. So the lesson here is not to move or rename files outside of the Organizer, if your files have already been brought into the Organizer. But if you do, you can often rely on the Reconnect feature in the Organizer to put things right.
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