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Many photographers like to keep their photos named with the original numeric file names that come out of the digital camera, but if you prefer to rename your photos, you can do that even after you have brought them into Elements' Organizer. The trick is that you have to do the renaming from inside the Organizer, rather than out in your operating system. The first step is to make sure that you see file names under the thumbnails in the Media Browser. If you can't, go up to the View menu and make sure that both the Details and Show File Names are enabled.
To change the name of the single photo, I'll select that photo down here in the Media Browser. Notice that this photo has a numeric file name now. Then I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Rename. Changing the filename is as simple as typing a different name over the numeric name in this Rename dialog box. I'll type "gelato" and I'll click OK. You can see the new file name under the photo in the Media Browser. I didn't even have to type the suffix, JPEG; that was added for me automatically by the Organizer.
If I have a number of photos of a similar subject, I can rename them all at once. I'd like to give these three photos of vegetables more meaningful names. I'll select all three by clicking on this photo and then holding the Shift key and clicking on this photo. Then I'll go back to the File menu and I'll choose Rename again. In the Rename dialog box, I'll type the base name that will be common to all three of the renamed photos. I'll type "veggies" and I'll click OK. You can see that each of these three photos now shares the common base name veggies, and Elements has automatically added sequential file numbers so that each of these three photos has a unique file name: veggies-1.jpg, veggies-2.jpg, and veggies-3.jpg.
Renaming photos like this is pretty straightforward. The crucial part is remembering to do this here in the Organizer and not out in your operating system, because doing it there will break the link between the renamed file and the Organizer. But if you ever forget that and you do happen to rename a file outside the Organizer, don't worry about it; just listen to the later movie in this chapter about reconnecting missing files and that will tell you how to take care of that problem.
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