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Q: I need help understanding the relationship between Picasa and Windows.
If I import a picture using Windows Picture does it load to Picasa? Is there a way I can determine which pics are in Windows that are not in Picasa?
I have several hundred pics in Picasa (I really love Picasa) but I think I also have some in Windows that are not in Picasa but I don’t know which ones and don’t know how to find out.
Can you help me?
A: Picasa is a program that runs on Windows (or Mac). Your pictures are .jpg files (and others) that are stored on your computer in whatever folder you put them. Picasa is one of the tools that can work with those pictures. Windows Explorer can work with any files on your computer, including picture files. Other programs can work with those same pictures – PhotoShop, Photo Gallery, Corel, IrfanView, just to name a few. Your picture files are independent of the tools that work with them.
As to what you’re seeing in Picasa’s Library – that is controlled by Picasa’s Folder manager: Tools->Folder manager. The folder manager can be set to view pictures from any and all folders on your computer or just selected folders. See the video: Picasa’s Folder Manager