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In other movies you have heard me urge you not to move or rename files outside of the Organizer because that can break the link between the Organizer and those files. But if you do that by mistake it's okay because Adobe has built in a way to restore the connection between the Organizer and files. I'm going to go out of the Organizer for a moment and into my operating system to move and rename some files there-- something I wouldn't normally do. I'll go to my Desktop in the operating system and into the Exercise Files folder, into the chapter05 folder, and into the 05-04 folder.
There are two photos in the 05-04 folder that have already been imported into the Organizer, and Elements noticed that these two files are located in this particular folder, but I'm going to move them. I'll select one, and then I'll Shift+Click to select the other, and then I'll drag them from the 05-04 folder onto my Desktop. Now if I click on the Desktop, you can see the two photos there. I am also going to rename one of these files. I will click twice on the name of this photo, and I'll rename it pumpkins.
Now I'm going to go back to the Organizer where I can still see the thumbnail- sized copy of each of these photos in the 05-04 folder. But remember, these are just copies not the original photos. So as soon as I try to do something to these photos, even something as simple as increasing the size of the thumbnails, Elements realizes that the originals are no longer in the 05-04 folder. And it gives me this question mark at the top-left of each of the photos. Sometimes at this point Elements will automatically start searching for the missing files and reconnect them to the Organizer if it can, and sometimes it doesn't do that, because I can initiate that reconnection process myself.
I'll start by selecting this file on the left, the photo of the gourds, and then I'll go to the File menu and I'll choose Reconnect > Missing File. It takes Elements just a second to search for that missing file and find it. And now it realizes that that file is not in the 05-04 folder, so that photo of the gourds no longer shows up here. You remember that I put that photo on the Desktop, so if I click on the Desktop folder in the Folders panel of the Organizer, now I do see my photo and the question mark is gone, which means that elements has reestablished the connection between this photo and the Organizer.
So that was pretty easy for Elements, but let's see what happens with the photo of the pumpkin, which I not only moved, but which I renamed as well. I'll go back to that 05-04 folder, and here I still see the thumbnail of the pumpkin photo with the question mark. I'll select that, I'll go to File menu, and again I'll choose Reconnect > Missing File. Now this time it takes longer for Elements to find this file; in fact, it may not find it at all. But rather than wait until it goes through all the files to see if it can find my missing file, I'm going to click the Browse button here, and that allows me to search for and reconnect to the missing file manually.
I have a listing of the missing file, along with its original location in the 05-04 folder. Because the file name is rather long and I can't see the whole thing here, I am happy that when I click on it I can see a preview of the photo down here, so I know which file I'm looking for. Now we will I come over to the Browse area and I will manually navigate to my Desktop using this menu. And now Elements is showing me all of the files and folders on my Desktop, including, if I scroll over this way, the pumpkins.jpg that I moved and renamed.
I'll select the pumpkins.jpg and I see a preview of it down here at the bottom- right of this window. And I can compare the found file to the missing file. I see that they look the same. And so I'm going to reconnect the Organizer to this file, pumpkins.jpg, on my Desktop by clicking the Reconnect button. Elements realizes that that photo is no longer in the 05-04 folder, so I don't see it here, but when I click on my Desktop folder in the Folders panel of the Organizer, I now see my moved and renamed photo of pumpkins without the question mark, which means that it has been successfully reconnected to the Organizer.
So if you do mistakenly break the link between one or more files and your Organizer, odds are that Elements will be able to reestablish the connection between those files and the Organizer, either automatically or with a little help from you.
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