Picasa - A quick Guide

Library View

This is the default view when Picasa starts. Any time you’re dealing with more than one image, or browsing to find one to work with, you’re spending your time here. Let’s break this down.


Menus and toolbars

At the top of the screen is the normal collection of menus and toolbars, and most of these do just the things you might expect them to. We’ll deal with these as they come up. Note where the help menu is though. It’s very useful, but has an annoying peculiarity that’s becoming rather common. None of the help info is stored locally, so it will only work while you are online.


Folder list


On the left of the Library View is the Folder List. There are two ways to view this. The default, shown here, is called Flat, because it just lists all the folders without any indenting.

There are, when you start, two Collections in the list. Albums and Folders.

Folders are grouped by year. It’s only by chance that my folder names are also dates, and confuse the issue.

The Folders listed directly relate to the folders/directories you see in Windows Explorer.

Albums are virtual collections of files, and don’t relate to anything real on your hard drive. You can create an album and add images, and all Picasa does is keep track of them together, without actually moving any of the real files.


You switch between the Flat and Tree view using the view tool in the toolbar or the Folder View option in the View menu.

The Tree view shows the folders nested, the way Windows normally does.

The Flat View can be annoying until you get used to it, and then switch camps, so give the Flat View a try first.

Whichever view you use, they operate much the same way.

Light box


The major portion of the screen, and the one you’re likely to spend most of your time, is called the Light Box, after the boxes traditionally used by photographers to view and compare slides.

The light box is similar to the thumbnail view in Windows Explorer, and mostly behaves the same way, except for one very strange but handy feature. If you scroll out the top or bottom of the view of the older you are in, it just happily continues to the next or previous folder (or album).

Once you actually click on an image, the Folder List highlights the current folder again.

Status Bar

Directly underneath the Light Box is the status bar. This shows you a whole lot of information about whatever is currently selected. Keep an eye on it. It’s very handy.


Underneath the Status Bar are two more important features, collectively known as the Photo Tray.

Photo Tray


On the right are all the tools you need to deal with moving your images onto the web, printing them, blogging etc.

Top right of this tool is a slider to let you change the thumbnail size in the Light Box. To the left are some buttons for dealing with individual images, including rotating and favouriting (alright, favoriting) them.


Over in the left corner is the Photo Tray itself. This tool lets you deal with multiple files at once. We won’t be doing that here, but those three buttons are (from top to bottom) Hold, Clear and Add to Album.

Okay, now you know your way around, you can take a look at an individual file. Just double-click on one in the Light Tray.

Edit View


That’s it. Click the Back to Library button, top left, or hit the Escape key to return to the Library view.


How to Seed Moved or Renamed Files in BitTorrent

This feature is available in uTorrent version 1.8 and later. You can not change file names and keep seeding with earlier versions of uTorrent.

You can use this guide if you move or rename the folder in addition to changing file names.
It is possible to change file (and folder) names because they are not really parts of the files. They are like ''labels'' that tell the computer where to find the content of the files.

After such changes, you need to retarget the files in uTorrent if you want to keep seeding the torrent. The procedure for doing this is the same no matter if the torrent is already loaded in uTorrent, or if you add it as a new torrent.
Seed Renamed Files

1. If the torrent is already loaded in uTorrent, right-click it and choose ''Stop'' (if it is not already stopped). If you are adding a new torrent with changed file names, make sure that you add it in stopped mode (or stop it very quickly if you fail to do this).
2. Select the torrent, then click the ''Files'' tab in the lower pane. (If you have no lower pane, click ''Options'' and check ''Show detailed info''.)
3. Right-click a file and choose ''Relocate...'' from the menu. (If you have also changed the folder name, or moved the folder, you need to browse to the right folder.)
4. When you are in the right folder, simply click the new file name for the file, then click ''Save''. Be careful that you really choose the right file: sometimes uTorrent and Explorer show the files in different order.
You will see the changed file name in the file list in uTorrent.
5. Optional: When you have changed all the file names to the new names, you may want to right-click the torrent and choose ''Force re-check'' in order to be sure that all the files were pointed to the right new names.
6. Right-click the torrent and choose ''Start'' (or ''Force Start'' if you want to make sure the torrent does not get queued).
Seed Files Inside a Renamed or Moved Folder

1. Stop the torrent by right-clicking it and choosing ''Stop''.
2. In uTorrent, right-click the torrent and choose ''Advanced - Set Download Location...''
3. Browse to the moved and/or re-named folder, click OK.
4. Optional: If you have re-named the folder and want to change the name of the torrent, so that the new name shows in uTorrent, too, select the torrent and (left-)click it again. (or select the torrent and press F2)
5. Optional: If you want to be really sure you got it right, right-click the torrent and choose ''Force Re-Check''. When it stops checking, uTorrent should say that 100% is done.
6. Right-click the torrent and choose ''Start'' (or ''Force Start'' if you want to make sure the torrent does not get queued).