Tutorial 3 – How to find your pictures

Updated: January 25, 2010 | Contains affiliate links

One of the most important reason to learn how to organize your digital pictures is to help yourself find the pictures you want quickly. Without a clear strategy to organize your pictures you can have very little success locating the pictures you want. However, once you have created an efficient folder structure for your pictures, you can simply use the Windows XP search utility to find what you’re looking for.

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I have my pictures organized…how do I find things?

If the organization structure is in place, then finding things is easy. You don’t need any expensive software…just use the Search utility already available on your Windows PC. This tutorial contains instructions on how to efficiently use your operating system so you can quickly locate the pictures you’re looking for.

Articles in this tutorial

  1. 3 easy steps to optimize your pictures folders – Optimize your folders so you can find your pictures quicker.
  2. Find and organize lost pictures in 2 easy steps – How to find and organize lost pictures.
  3. 3 easy steps to find your pictures using the Windows XP Search Utility – How to find your pictures quickly in Windows XP.

Essentials for organizing your digital photos

Here are the essential products and services I have come to rely on for many years to keep my media collection organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.

Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you need a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac (save 20% until Feb 15) or ACDSee Pro for Windows (save $20 until Feb 15) is my preferred solution for organizing all my media. It has a very fast browser, great image editing and it's simple to use.

If you do a lot of image editing like I do, I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has best photo editing capabilities even though it comes with a steeper learning curve. If you do image editing, Adobe Lightroom is my favorite.

I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup for affordable & reliable unlimited cloud backup. I have been using Backblaze for backing up all pictures & videos for more than 5 years now. All my invaluable digital memories are safe and secure. This is the best solution especially if you have a large quantity of media files.

Use a reliable & affordable external hard drive for backing up everything on your computer. It is absolutely essential for keeping all your memories backed up and safe.

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