The Folders pane displays a directory tree of all the folders on your computer, similar to Windows Explorer. You can select one or more folders in the Folders pane to display their contents in the File List pane.
You can also use the Folders pane to create shortcuts to your favorite files, folders, or applications. Then, instead of having to search for a specific file, you can quickly access it in the Favorites pane.
To open or close the Folders pane:
In Manage mode, click View | Folders.
When you connect a removable device, such as a mass storage device or digital camera, the Folders pane displays the device as another drive, and assigns it a drive letter automatically.
You can access the device, and its contents, by clicking on it in the Folders pane.
Selecting multiple folders
Easy-Select bars are vertical columns of indicators on the left side of the Folders and Organize panes. You can use the Easy-Select bars to select multiple folders, categories, or ratings, and display their contents in the File List pane.
To use the Easy-Select bar:
In the Folders pane, select the indicator to the left of each folder with contents you want to display.
You can also use the Easy-Select bars with the Selective Browsing pane.
Creating and managing folders
You can use the Folders and File List panes to create, delete, rename, and move folders on your hard drive to help organize your files.
To manage your folders:
- In the Folders pane, browse to where you want to add, delete, or rename a folder.
- Do one of the following:
- To create a folder, click File | New, and then select Folder. Type a name for the new folder and press Enter.
- To delete a folder, select a folder and press Delete.
- To rename a folder, right-click the folder you want to rename and select Rename. Type a new name for the folder and press Enter.
You cannot rename a drive or any folder on a read-only file system, such as a CD-ROM.
To open a folder or file in Windows Explorer:
Do one of the following:
- In the Folders or Favorites pane, CTRL + right-click the folder containing that file. Click Explore. The folder opens in Windows listing the images in that folder in the left-hand pane.
- In the File List pane, to use the Windows right-click menu, select a thumbnail, then press CTRL + right-click.
If you want to use the Windows right-click menu permanently, you can do so under Tools | Options | File List.