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We're going to explore the browse module, but before we can really dig into the browse module, I want to show you a couple of key preferences you might want to set, which will affect your workflow. I think the default preferences work perfectly fine. I just want to explain a couple of them to you so you have a better understanding of what they do. Now, Scrolling Controls allows you to adjust your mouse to do different things within the application. The default of None is great if you like to use keyboard shortcuts, but go ahead and try the different controls to see if that helps your work flow.
Another thing that you may want to change is the background color. And as you can see, there's a variety of black, white, light Gray, and you can even customize the background to your personal preference. And then when you launch the application, you have a choice. Do you want it to launch in the browse module or the layers module? And again, it's personal preference for how you like to work. Now I do like to keep remember last browser folder checked, which means if I've opened one image in a folder, the next time I go to open an image it looks in that folder first.
The other thing you'll need to know is the performance area. Now, this is a slider that you would adjust depending on how fast or slow your machine is, how much ram it has, and how robust the video card is. If you have a really fast machine with a lot of RAM, you can leave it up towards the top at 80%. But if you're using the minimum amount of RAM and you don't have a real beefy graphics card, you may want to change that to say, 50%, because you may not want the application hogging all of the memory in your computer and all of the graphics memory in your computer.
Now once you've made these adjustments, and I'm going to go ahead and bring this back to 80%, you can go ahead and hit OK. Now we're ready to explore how to use the browse module.
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