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Giving your photographs meaningful names can be another way to help find the photos later. Earlier in this course I told you that I don't recommend renaming your photos at the very time that you will import them, because sometimes that can cause you to import duplicates by mistake. If you change the name of a photo, and then you bring the photo and again in error, the program won't realize that those are both the same photograph. Once the photo is in Elements though, it's fine to change its name. You can change the name of an individual photograph, or you can select a whole series of photographs, give them all the same base name, and rename them as a series.
Let me show you how. I'm using files in the 02_05-renaming folder inside the Chapter 2 folder. In the Photo Browser, I'm going to click on the first three photos to select it, and you can see below that this photo has a number that doesn't give you much information. By the way to see the file names under the photos, you have to go to the View menu, and choose Show File Names. To rename this single photo, I'm going to the File menu at the top of the screen, and I'm going to choose Rename.
In the Rename dialog box, I'll type a name for this photo, I'll type Crucifix, and click OK. Now let's say we wanted to rename the other three photos, in this folder. I'm going to click the first of those, and as I have taught you, I'm going to hold down the shift key and click the last, and that also selects the photo in between. Again, I'm going to go to the File menu at the top of the screen, and choose Rename. Here, I can select a common base name for all the photos, I'll choose Chapel, and click OK.
Notice that each of the files now has the same base name, Chapel followed by a sequential number, Chapel 1, Chapel 2, Chapel 3. Giving your photos meaningful names in this way will make it easier for you to find individual photos in the future.
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