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Previously, we looked at how to import images from your digital camera into your PC using Windows Live Photo Gallery. And we saw the Photo Gallery lets you organize your photos into relevant folders to help you stay organized right off the bat, but as you'd expect, you can also continue to organize and manage your photos once they've been imported. So in this video, I'm going to show you some basic features of Photo Gallery for organizing and locating the photos you've imported. As previously mentioned, Photo Gallery acts as the tool for managing all the photos in your personal pictures folder, again, found by clicking Start and going to Pictures or it can also manage any other photos you've told Photo Gallery to manage.
All the photos appear in the top pane on the left-hand side of the window. To see the contents of any folder, you can just click it. Thumbnails for the photos appear on the folder to the right and you can increase or decrease the size of the thumbnails by dragging this slider found in the lower right-hand corner. Double-clicking any thumbnail enlarges it, so you can view it. You can then use the right and left aerow keys on your keyboard to move from photo-to-photo while on this view. You can also use the buttons at the bottom on the screen to move back and forth as well.
Click back to gallery, to go back to the thumbnail view. So it's easy to browse through your photos this way. Now we're currently looking at the folder scheme that was created when I imported these photos, but maybe I want to further organize the events. For example, these Fireworks photos were shot in downtown Ventura, so maybe they belong as a subset of the Downtown Ventura photos. All you have to do is drag the July 4th Fireworks folder onto the Downtown Ventura folder. You can see Move to Downtown Ventura appears there, and when I release, it's added to that folder.
And you can see it's now a subset. So if I click Downtown Ventura, I see both my Downtown photos and the Fireworks photos. If I go to Start > Pictures and look at My Pictures, there is my Downtown Ventura folder. You can see that the July 4th photo is in fact inside of it. If I change my mind, I can take the July 4th folder out, simply by dragging it back to My Pictures again. Now right now, I'm getting this message saying it's already inside of my pictures, but notice I still have both Downtown Ventura and July 4th selected, so I'm going to click another folder to select those two.
Then I'll click just 4th Fireworks and drag it to My Pictures. And let's move back out. Now you can also move individual photos into different folders. So if you find a photo that's been imported into the wrong folder, maybe because the time between the photo's cutoff point wasn't set to enough time, you can just drag its thumbnail to the right folder. So maybe I want to put this one Fireworks photo inside Downtown Ventura and I can just drag it in there. And when I select Downtown Ventura, you can see it's been moved there. Now you can also select multiple photos to move simply by dragging a rectangle that touches the photos you want to move and then move those into the proper folder.
But again this probably belong in the July 4th Fireworks folder, so I'm going to select them all again and move them back. Now in addition to just clicking on photos inside folders, another way to find and view pictures is by clicking the calendar years here in the left column under Date Taken. Clicking a year reveals the months in which those photos were taken in that particular year. Clicking a month displays the dates in that month when those photos were shot. This is a nice quick way of finding someone's birthday photos for example.
You can go right to a specific date very quickly this way. Lastly, there's sure to be some photos that you don't need to keep. When they're blurry or just bad shots, it's easy to delete photos, like this toad picture here. I kind of like it, but it is kind of blurry. Probably don't need to keep it. So all you need to do is select a thumbnail and click the X button here at the bottom of the screen or press the Delete key on your keyboard. You'll be asked to confirm that you do want to get rid of the photo. Click Yes, and that sends the photo to your Recycle Bin.
So again, be aware that deleting a photo in Photo Gallery really does start the process of removing it entirely from your computer. You still have to empty the Recycle Bin to completely delete the photo, so you could still rescue this photo by dragging it back into your Pictures folder or elsewhere, but once you empty the Recycle Bin, that photo will be gone permanently. Okay, so that's the basics of organizing and viewing your photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery.
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