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After you've brought photos into the organizer, you may decide that want to change the name of one or more photos, you can do that, but it's really important that you do that from inside the organizer and not go outside the organizer to your operating system and change the file names there, because if you do, the link between your organizer catalog and those files may be broken. In other words the organizer may be no longer able to keep track of the renamed photos. In that case when you come back into the organizer, you will see a question mark at the top left corner of each of the affected photo thumbnails, and then you may have to try to reconnect that photo to your catalog, which can be a real pain particularly if you're talking about a lot of photographs.
So how do you rename a photograph from inside the organizer after that photo is already in the system? The first step is to reveal the file names here in the media browser. To do that I'm going to go up to the View menu and down to Show File Names, and I also want to make sure that Details has a check mark next to it. So I will select Show File Names here, and now I can see the original file name under each one of my photo thumbnails. Let's say, I want to rename just this one photo. I'll click on the photo to select it in media browser, and then I'll go up to the file menu and I'll choose Rename.
Here in the Rename dialog box, I'll enter a name for this file, I don't have to bother typing the JPG extension, so I'll just type fall, and I'll click OK, and that renames that photo as you can see at the bottom of the thumbnail with the extension automatically added. Now let's say that I want to rename more than one photo, first, I have to select all the photos that I want to rename. So now let's say that I want to rename these three photos that are horizontal, this one, this one, and this one.
How can I select just those three photos without also selecting this vertical photo? The answer is that I'll click on the first of the photos, and then I'll hold down the Ctrl key on Windows that's the command key on a Mac, as I click on the other photos that I want to select I won't use it Shift+Click as you might think, because that would also select this photo in the middle. Now that I've got this three photo thumbnails selected, I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Rename. Here, I'm going to enter one name that will appear as the beginning of the file name on all three of these photos.
So let's say I type leaves as the base name, and click OK, you can see that Elements automatically added a sequential number one, two and three to the base name that I entered, and so each one of these files has a different name, but they're all in a nice sequence. So that's how you rename photos from inside Elements organizer after you've imported files into the organizer. Please remember to do that from inside the organizer and not from your operating system, so that the organizer can continue to keep track of your renamed files.
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