August 5, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I just love your participation! Another record-setting week, folks: I received well over 300 submissions from you, answering Dusty's question on how he can easily organize his digital photos. The overwhelming recommendation was Google's Picasa 2.0. With so many people suggesting this free software, I guess you can't go wrong, Dusty, so I'm going to let Mark's winning answer explain what Picasa has to offer. But that's not all; we have an additional winner, Harley, who explains how to search and organize photos without third-party software by using good ol' Windows XP itself. We have a lot of different recommendations this week, so please don't stop at the winning answers. Read the honorable mentions, other advice from our members, and a section on recommended utilities other than Picasa. If you have a special way to organize your precious digital photos, please join us in this week's discussion and share it with us. Thanks, everyone
Member Question of the Week
Hi, CNETers! I hope you can help me out. I've been saving
digital photos on my XP system for about three years. Now they
are scattered throughout my hard drive, and I can never find
one when I want to (I'll admit, I'm unorganized). I'm open to
any solution or tips (with or without the help of a good
software utility) that will help me organize my pictures. I
need something simple so that my mother can click through them
when she visits. Thanks.
Dusty K. of Baltimore, MD
Answer by Harley:
Your solution is a simple one. Since you have been using a computer for three years, I assume you know how to right-click on an empty area of your desktop and create a new folder. Name the folder Photos or leave it as a new folder. Then click the Start button. Move your mouse up to Search and click "For files and folders." When the dialog box appears, click...
Answer by Mark:
I feel your pain. Keeping files organized can be a difficult thing to do. I have had many ideas about where to store things that made sense when I saved them but weren't very obvious when I went back a couple of weeks later and tried to find them! I have also spent a lot of time trying to reorganize the files, but there never seems to be enough time to do them all...
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