In the Library view, Picasa normally shows your folders in what is called ‘Flat Folder View. If you want to see nested folders, just like you would in Windows Explorer, just click ‘Tree View’. This video will explain and show you how:
Picasa will help you rename or delete photos. They will be renamed on your computer, just like you had used Windows Explorer, but easier. This video will show you how:
Captions are the easiest way to add some identification to a photo. Anything you type here will be searchable. It will also be viewable in slideshows, or when printing or uploading. This video will show you how. Don’t worry that this video was recorded with version 3.5 of Picasa, the caption feature still works the same in 3.9.
2016 update: Today it is easiest to backup to the cloud using Google Photos – see the videos here.
Please backup your photos! They are so precious. If something happens to your computer, you want to have a copy of your photos on some other media. We recommend backing up to CDs. Picasa makes this *very* easy. This video will show you how:
All the editing features in Picasa are easy, but this one will blow you away. If you have a photo where the person’s eyes are red because of the camera’s flash. This video will show you how:
The retouch tool will help you eliminate simple blemishes or other bad spots in your photo. If you need to add or subtract something major from a photo, you’ll need something besides Picasa. Picasa makes it easy to make small fixes. This video will show you how:
Captions are the best way to have some identifying words associated with your picture. But, sometimes you want some text right on the picture itself. That’s what the Text tool is for. This video will show you how:
There are 12 effects on the third (was last before 3.9) editing tab. The best advice is to play with them. Click on Sepia and see what it does, then just click Undo. Click on Film Grain and take a look, then click Undo. This video gives an example of all the effects. Note: when Picasa 3.9 added 2 more tabs of editing features this ‘Effects’ tab became the third tab. All the effects remain the same.
Step one in printing is to select the picture(s) you want to print. You should see them in the selection tray at the bottom left. Then click the print button. This video shows you how: