This article will show you the basic steps necessary for setting up your folders so that you can see the most important information about your pictures. In particular the following steps outline the process necessary to add the
Date Picture Taken field to the list of fields displayed by Windows in Windows Explorer.
STEP 1: Set your folders to show details instead of thumbnails.
In order to see the Date Picture Taken and other information about your pictures you need to choose the Details view of your folders. Open up your My Pictures folder and click on the view icon as shown in the picture. Then choose the Details option. Now your files should show Name, Size, Type and Date Created fields. You can easily switch back to the Thumbnails view by following the same procedure but choosing the Thumbnails option.
STEP 2: Make all your folders appear in the details view.
Unless you set Windows XP to have all folders come up in details view you will not be able to see Date Picture Taken. So, in this step we will make all the folders appear in details view. Again, you can easily switch back to thumbnails by performing Step 1-1 and choosing Thumbnails instead of Details.
STEP 3: Add Date Picture Taken to your folder view.
The date when the picture was taken will help you to identify immediately which pictures have been taken the same day, thus helping you very quickly to find pictures that belong to the same event. However, to see the date the picture was taken you have to perform one simple step in Windows XP.
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