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Weird stuff on Picasa
September 11, 2010
1:47 pm
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My husband was fooling around with the pics and did the ‘I’m feeling Lucky’ on a pic of a bed. Then he went to another folder and the picture showed up there. Now this is where it gets weird. He clicked on the pic of the bed and got a totally different picture. He did several different times and then I did it. Same thing.

The picture was in the tray and I tried to delete it from there and it wouldn’t go away. So, I said what the heck, and deleted it from the folder. It did what it was supposed to do and asked if I wanted it to go the recycle bin – yes.

Then I went to the ‘recycle bin’ and it was listed by the correct name. Clicked on it and command to ‘restore’. Yup, when checking the folder where all this was happening, the correct picture was there and the bed was gone from that folder.

Is this strange or what.

Keep up the great work and hopefully, somewhere along the line I’ll not be asking so many questions or I’ll get brave and just hit a key.

Thanks again. ; Pat

September 11, 2010
2:04 pm
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What you're experiencing is a corrupted database.  It used to happen with Picasa quite often – not so much anymore.  No damage is done to your pictures.  If you closed Picasa and look at your pictures in My Pictures – all is well.

Picasa keeps it's own database which identifies your pictures and links them with the little thumbnails that it displays, as well as with your edits.  This database can get corrupted and display the weird stuff you saw.  When you deleted the picture then, re-copied it back – it got a new entry in the database.  But, most likely, you will run into more problems till this is fixed.

To fix the database, it needs to be deleted and then rebuilt.  You can do that by holding down the Alt Ctrl and Shift keys as you click on click on Start and Picasa.   I  have written a detailed article with more instructions at:…..messed-up/

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