Posts Tagged 'organizing_media'

Working with folders and files: Windows

This is the second in a series of posts about organizing media. This post and the first post discuss using your operating system (Windows or Macintosh) to organize and view media assets.

In Microsoft Windows, Windows Explorer allows you to view and manage folders and files. It provides several viewing options. (Note: the following screenshots are of Windows 7.  Click on a screenshot to see it full size.)

List view displays a list of files and their properties. A toolbar appears at the top of the window.

Change the view by clicking the file view icon on the right side of the toolbar (indicated above by a magenta ellipse), and a popup menu appears with View options. Icon views (thumbnails) are useful for image files.

Adjust options for the overall window layout by clicking on Organize in the toolbar and choosing Layout. If the Menu bar isn’t currently checked, choose Menu bar so that it will appear above the toolbar.

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Working with Folders and Files: Macintosh

This is the first in a series of posts about organizing media. The first two posts discuss using your operating system (Windows or Macintosh) to organize and view media assets.

The Macintosh Finder allows you to find and manage all your files and programs on the Mac. To get to the Finder, double-click any folder, or click in any blank area of your Mac’s desktop. The Finder menu bar will appear at the top of the screen.

Click on a menu heading to see the menu. Choose File > New Finder Window and a new Finder window will appear (click on the screenshot to see it at full size):


By default, a toolbar at the top includes icons that allow you to view folder items in different ways. (If you don’t see the view icons, choose View> Customize Toolbar or View>Show Toolbar from the Finder menu).

In thumbnail view, you can change the size of the thumbnails using the slider at the bottom of the window.  The path of the folder also appears at the bottom of the Finder window (it it doesn’t appear, choose View>Show Path Bar). Continue reading ‘Working with Folders and Files: Macintosh’