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This movie is about Folder Location view, which is an alternative to viewing your thumbnails here in the default Thumbnail view. You know, the Organizer offers many features to help you organize and access your photos. But even if you're diligent about using those features, like keywording and making albums and using search, sometimes it's just plain easier to find a file by it's folder. That's particularly true when you're looking for a file that you know is in a certain folder, like the exercise files for individual movies in this course. In that case, you can switch to Folder Location view, by going to the Display menu at the top-right of the Organizer and choosing Folder Location.
In Folder Location view, there's a Folders panel over on the left. If your Folders panel doesn't look like mine, take the scrollbar and drag it up to its top. The Folders panel displays a hierarchy of all the folders and subfolders on your computer system. You can use the icons to the left of these folders to navigate down into that folder system. If you see a subfolder that has a blue card in it, like this one, and you click on it, you will see its contents as photo thumbnails over here in the Media Browser. You can't change the order of the thumbnails as they appear in the Media Browser.
To do that, you would have to make an album and do the reordering there, as I will show you later in the course. Many of the controls in Folder Location view work just as they do in Thumbnail view. For example, if I drag the Size slider over to the right, that makes the thumbnails bigger, and if I have enabled Details and Show File Names in the View menu, I will see identifying information under each thumbnail. Then if I drag the Size slider over to the left, the thumbnails get smaller. And if I click this icon, the foursquare icon, they get as small as they can be displayed, here in the Media Browser.
If I double click a thumbnail or click this icon to the right of the slider, that displays that photo as large as it can be seen in the Media Browser. Remember that double-clicking a thumbnail like that doesn't open it in the Editor as you might expect; it just displays the photo as large as it can be here in the Organizer. I'm going to drag slider back toward the middle. Now here is some important information about Folder Location view, particularly for those of you who are using it to access the exercise files during this course, and that is that Folder Location view can be quirky.
Sometimes when you click on a folder in the Folders panel over here, you don't see it's contents in the Media Browser. If that happens to you, then remember to go up to the gray bar and click Show All. Show All is often the solution to unexpected behavior in the Folder Location view. There are some other rough spots here too, so I just want to give you a heads-up so you are not surprised. For one thing, the Folders panel displays your user folder twice, once at the top which is useful when you are trying to access exercise giles.
But then if I scroll down, you will see your user's folder again and so here is another copy of the exercise files and sometimes the folder names are cut off like this. In that case, if you move your cursor over the border between the Folders panel and the Media Browser, you can drag it over to the right to see the folder names. I'm not going to do that right now. And one more thing: when you return to Folder Location view from another workspace, it doesn't always go back to the same folder where you left. This quirky behavior of the Folders panel can be confusing, so I did want you to know about it so you are not surprised.
I'm going to scroll back up to the top of the Folders panel. To mention one more thing about Folder Location view, you can move a file between folders in Folder Location view, by dragging it from the Media Browser on top of a folder in the Folders panel, like this. And that moves a file not only in Folder Location view of the Organizer, but also out on your hard drive. If you do want to move files between folders and you have brought those files into the Organizer already, then it's important that you do your moving from inside the Organizer the way I just showed you.
If you move files like that out in your hard drive, that will break the link between the file and the Organizer. I will show you more about that later in the course. For now, I'm going to take this file and drag it back into the folder that it came from. So that's an overview of Folder Location view. Neither Folder Location view nor Thumbnail view is perfect. Each has its challenges along with its advantages. The good news is that you can switch between those views at will, working in whichever space suits the task that you're doing at the time.
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