Backup and Tree View

Picasa allows you to see your list of folders in either Flat view, or Tree View.  In Flat view you can sort the folders by Date OR Alphabetically.  In Tree View you can’t because it has to show your nested folder structure as you created it.  If you understand that, please read on about how it relates to Backup.  If not … here are the videos that will show you what I mean by Flat View and Tree View

Flat View / Tree ViewWhen you use the Tools / Backup Pictures command, you might be distressed that the option to view in Tree or Flat View isn’t there.

Here’s the trick – get into the view you want *before* clicking on the Backup command.  The screen shots below show you the difference in looking at the backup options:

Backup with Flat View selected first Backup with Tree View selected first
Notice how they are sorted alphabetically so BigBend is just before California Coast
In Tree View, you see that California Coast is on its own, and BigBend is inside the Texas Folder.

Everyone organizes their picture folders differently.  Just like any filing system it’s up to you how to file them.  Backup is a very important factor in how you organize, so, if you’ve nested folders for backup purposes – this is a very handy tip to be able to see your nested ‘tree’ view in the backup process.

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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

2 thoughts on “Backup and Tree View”

  1. Hi Chris I have some pictures duplicated with the same number, but on the disk it is only there ONCE!!! When I try to delete one it will delete BOTH (because it is there only once.) So how do I get rid of the second one only and NOT loose both??? I can not solve this problem. Help!!


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