Go to TopMoving & Copying Files

Many of the programs that come bundled with a camera specialise is organising photographs. But why fill up your computer with a program that only duplicates what Windows itself already offers. See what Windows will do without further assistance... (Don't forget the final important point about Protecting Image Files)

Go to TopThe Blue Panel Method

My Pictures Window: File being moved by Blue Panel method

Selecting target folder for a file move

1. Open "My Pictures" (or the folder you wish to transfer the files from)

2. Ensure the "File and Folder Tasks" section on the blue panel is open (Click on the double-down-arrow if necessary).

3. Select the file to be moved/copied.

4. Under "File and Folder Tasks" select either "Move this file" or "Copy this file" as required.

My Pictures Window: File being moved by Blue Panel method

Selecting target folder for a file move

5. A new Move Items or Copy Items window opens through which you navigate to the target disk or folder.  (Click the [+] buttons to beside folders to show sub-folders branches. Click the [-] buttons to close any sub-folder branches that are open.)

6. Once the target folder is selected, click the Move/Copy button at the bottom of the window. (If you need to create a new folder the "Make New Folder" button will make the new folder as a sub-folder of the currently selected target folder.)

NOTE: When connected and turned on, almost all brands of camera are detected by Windows as an additional disk drive. This means you can use Windows Explorer to transfer photographs directly from your camera. You do not need the software bundled with your camera for this task.

Go to TopFolder Pane Method

Moving a file by drag and drop

1. Open "My Pictures" (or the folder you wish to transfer the files from)

2. On the toolbar click the "Folders" button.  (This replaces the Blue Panel with a list of folders very similar to the Move/Copy Items window.)

3. In the newly opened folder list, use the scrollbar and [+] and [-] symbols (which open/close any sub-folder branchess), as required, to ensure that the target folder is visible. (If you need to create a new folder to be your target, there is an option on the File menu. This will create a sub-folder to the currently selected folder)

4. Select and drag the required file from the main part of the window and drop it on the target folder in the folder list.

IMPORTANT: See the note below to control whether a Move or Copy takes place.

Moving a file by drag and drop

Go to TopBetween Windows Method

If you wish to see the contents of your target folder, to ensure they are going to the right place, then drag between windows:

1. Open "My Pictures" (or the folder you wish to transfer the files from).

2. Open a second copy of "My Pictures" and navigate to the intended target folder.

3. Drag and drop a file from one window to the other.

IMPORTANT: See the note below to control whether a Move or Copy takes place.

TIP: Make dragging between the windows easier by "tiling" them.  To do this, close, or minimise, all windows but those showing the source and target folders. Right-click on an empty part of the Task Bar - the blue bar between the Start button and clock - and select "Tile Windows Vertically".  They should now appear side by side, without over-lapping, filling the whole desktop area

Go to TopNotes On Moving and Copying

Go to TopSelecting Multiple Files

After selecting a file further files can be selected and then all the selected files can be subject to the same move or copy action in a single operation. Select multiple files using one of the following methods:

  • All Files in the folder:  CLTRL-A  (Hold CTRL key and tap A on the keyboard).
  • A Block of Files:  Click on a second file while holding down the SHIFT key.
    (All files from the first file selected to the second become selected.)
  • Additional individual file: Click on a second file while holding the CTRL key.
    (CTRL-clicking will also de-select a selected file.)

Go to TopFor Folder Pane and Drag and Drop Methods

1. By default dropping on another disk will induce a "Copy" (shown by a [+] symbol on the file as it is over the target.  Change this to a "Move" by holding down the SHIFT key before dropping.)

2. By default dropping on another folder on the same disk will induce a "Move".   Change this to a "Copy" by holding down the CTRL key before dropping. (A [+] symbol appears on the file as it is over the target.)

So, if you are not getting what you want, force a move with SHIFT, force a copy with CTRL.

Go to TopProtecting Image Files

Right-Click File Menu

Right-Click File Menu

Whatever method used to transfer image files to your computer, initially those files will be vulnerable to accidental deletion or editing (Typically, you might work on the file and then do a "Save", so destroying the original, rather than the intended "Save as..." when you could have changed the name in order to preserve the original). To ensure that the original versions of any photograph cannot be deleted or overwritten accidentally, set the files to "Read only". To do this:

1. Open "My Pictures" (or the folder where the files are stored).

2. Select all the newly copied files and right-click. (A menu appears.)

3. Select "Properties" from the menu. (A dialogue appears. This will take one of the forms shown below - on the left where a single file is selected, on the right for multiple files.)

4. Click over the "Read only" check box to place a tick there. (This will mark the file so that it cannot be over-written and a warning will appear if you attempt to delete it.)

5. Click the OK button to confirm the change.

NOTE: If a large number of files are selected the operation may take a little while to complete and the computer may appear to hang up for a while.

Property Dialogue - Single Image Property Dialogue - Multiple Images

Property Dialogue - Single Image Property Dialogue - Multiple Images

Go to Top Page updated: 11 February 2009