There are lots of different ways to organise your photos; I put mine into folders and sub-folders – I have a folder for 2011, and then within that I have sub-folders with names like “Summer Holiday” or “Wales Visit”. When you upload your photos from your camera, you can specify which folder to put them in at the time; if you already have photos in “My Pictures” and want to put them into folders, here is one way to do it.
Open “My Pictures”. To create a folder for 2011 photos: Click on the New Folder tab – a new folder is created and you need to type in the name, so type 2011 then hit Enter.
Open the folder you just created.
Create a sub folder called “Holiday”. Click on the New Folder tab again, type Holiday, then hit enter. Open this new folder.
You have opened the folder “Holiday” in the current open window. If you look at this open window, it will say “Holiday” somewhere at the top – this tells you where you are – when you are in this window, you are in the folder you created, called “Holiday”.
We’re going to set up two windows side by side, so you want this open window to only use part of the screen. (The post “Open two windows” is similar to this.)
Look at the top right of the window; you will see three symbols, an X (which closes the window) and two others to the left of the X. One will minimise the window, the middle one will maximise the window, or, if it is already maximised, will make it a bit smaller.
Make sure the window is NOT maximised – so it’s not taking up the whole screen. Move the cursor over the right hand edge of the window – the cursor will change to a double headed arrow – when you get this, hold down the left button of the mouse and drag the edge of the window to the left, making the window narrower. Now, hover the cursor over the strip at the top of the window; hold down the left button of the mouse – you can move the window around on the screen.
Now to open the second window. Open “My Pictures” again as if you were starting from the beginning again (NOT by opening it from “Holiday”). You need to click on “My Computer” or “My Documents”, whichever you have on the desktop, and start from there again.
Once you have navigated to “My Pictures”, make sure it isn’t taking up the whole screen, as above. As above, make this window narrower, then move it over to the left of your screen. You should be able to play about with the two windows so you can see them both easily.
To move a photo from “My Pictures” into “Holiday”: click on the photo, hold the left button of the mouse down, drag the photo across to the other window, and let go. This is easier to do if you can view your pictures as “Medium Icons” or “Large Icons” – somewhere on your window there will be a tab “View” which allows you to change the way you look at the pictures in the folder (it’s in different places depending on how your PC is set up). Try the various options and see what suits you. Note that if you are using Windows 7, the tab doesn’t say “View” instead it’s a little icon next but one to the blue question mark.
OK, so now you can drag your photos one by one from “My Pictures” into “Holiday”.
Feeling adventurous? Maybe you have six photos next to each other and want to move them all. Click on the first one, then hold down the Shift key and click on the last one. That should select the whole set. Hover the cursor over the first one again, hold down the left button, drag over to the other window, let go.
Now let’s do something a bit more whacky… Maybe you have six photos dotted about that all need to be moved. Click on the first one, hold down the CTRL key, and click on each of the others. Hover the cursor over the first one again, hold down the left button, drag over to the other window, let go.