how to get pictures off of a picture cd


using windows explorer and a picture cd

For future reference, the windows-logo-key is the little flag key between the Ctrl key and the Alt key or flag key

You should know that your cd-rom/DVD drives appear usually as drive D: (and probably E: if you have 2)within applications such as Windows Explorer.

if your pictures are on a CD-ROM or DVD, put the it in the CD/DVD drive.

Bring up a windows explorer: hold down the windows-logo-key windows logo keyand hit the E key, or do Start|Programs|Accessories|Windows Explorer, or hold down the windows-logo-key windows logo keyand hit the R key and type in explorer and hit Enter, or you can do Start|All Programs|Acessories|Windows Explorer. All 4 do the same thing.

make sure the folders button is depressed.
folder button down

for DVD or cd-rom drives, they show up with a cd icon and/or a name that is easily identifiable (see above).

Expand folders on the CD-ROM drive or card reader drives to find your pictures: you can browse those folders to get at your pictures by clicking on the + with the square around it next to the drive letter or folder you want to expand in the left-side pane - in this case, it's the cdrom+ in front of cdrom. folders can have folders inside them. you will get nothing on the right side pane if there is nothing on the device. You will get an error if there is no disc , or if the cdrom hasn't spun up yet - may take a minute. click on a folder on the left side to view its contents on the right side.

Windows XP/Vista: to view thumbnails of the pictures, from the menu choose View|Thumbnails.
Windows XP/Vista: To get to Filmstrip view (bigger view of pictures) and rotate them if need be, do View|Filmstrip.

to copy the pictures to your hard disk (My Pictures - C:\documents and settings\yourusername\my documents\my pictures on 2000/2003/XP, C:\users\yourusername\my documents\my pictures on Vista/7), first you need to select your pictures. Make sure you are in thumbnail view. (in windows 9x/ME you don't have that feature, so any view is fine - the more files you can view the better so try list in win9x/ME). the files you are probably looking for are .jpg, .png, .bmp, or .gif, but probably they are .jpg

The most dangerous way is to hold down the Ctrl key and left-click the pictures you want (it is too easy to open all of the ones you have selected which is very messy and chews up memory!). However, with this you can pick individual pictures instead of just a range.

Another way is to do a range selection: left click on the first item you want, and hold down the shift key and left-click on the last item you want. Or if you only have 1 picture, just left-click on that picture and it is selected.

to select all the pictures, click on a picture, then do a Ctrl+A (Ctrl+A does a select-all in every application). if you have several dates of pictures within several folders like some cameras do (one folder for each day), you can select multiple folders by clicking on the parent folder in the left-side pane, and then clicking on one of the folders in the right-side pane, do Ctrl+A, and that should select everything.

Now you need to copy it to the invisible clipboard. Either hold down the Ctrl key and hit the C key, or from the menu do Edit|Copy, or right-click on one of the selected pictures and pick Copy. Now all those pictures should be on the clipboard. Edit|copy
right-click, Copy

Now to make a new folder to put the pictures in - you can organize them by date or by subject: Browse to the top of Windows Explorer to My Documents in the left pane, click on the little square box with a plus in it in front of My Documentsplus in front of my documents to expand it and get to My Pictures. Left-click on My Pictures. In the right-side of the window, right-click on a blank area in the right pane and pick New|Folder and IMMEDIATELY start typing the name you wish the folder to have, then hit the Enter key.
right-click, new|folder

If you make a mistake, you can hit the F2 key (just like in Excel spreadsheet) to rename the folder (or a filename for that matter - be careful you don't change the file extension [.jpg]), type, and hit the Enter key.
my pictures,right-click,new|folder

Now to paste the items from the clipboard into the new folder: right-click on the folder you just created, and pick Paste.
right-click, paste

If you browse into that folder you should see the photos/files you pasted. if you don't, something went wrong along the way: start over from the selection instructions.
repeat the process starting at selection as you feel is necessary.

Now you need to delete the photos off of the card that you copied (you can't do this on a cd-rom by the way, but you can on a cd-rw or dvd-rw). Go back to the folder on the card, and re-select the pictures you need to delete off the card which you just copied:
Left-click on the first picture you want to select. hold down the shift key and left-click on the last picture you want to select as a range.
Either hit the Delete key, or right-click on one of the pictures/files you selected and pick Delete.
right-click, Delete
repeat the delete process on as many files/pictures as you feel is necessary, including unwanted photos.

Left-double-click on a photo to "Open" the picture in your picture editor. this will bring it up in either a viewer or an editor (depending on how your software is set up).

Windows XP/Vista: Rotating a picture: browse in the left side to the folder that has the pictures (like the new one you created).
click on that folder so its contents appear in the right side.
from the menu, do View|Filmstrip if you aren't already in that mode (where you get to see a larger view of pictures and there are 2 small green triangular rotate buttons, or you can right-click on the photo and pick Rotate Clockwise or Rotate Counter-Clockwise).
left-click on the photo you want to rotate on the right side at the bottom.
click one of the green rotate buttons under the bigger image to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise (think analog clocks/watches that have hands. Think of the direction the hands move).
you can also right click on an image and pick Rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise.
right-click, rotate

Congratulations. If you understood things so far, you now know how to shuffle files around on your computer. There are a lot of people who don't know how to do that. And you know how to get files off of a picture cd-rom even if it is giving you errors when you insert the cd-rom (ignore the errors). you can get your pictures anyway.

If your cd-rom is spending enormous amounts of time trying to read the cd-rom, there may be smudges on it, or a lot of scratches. try to avoid laying the cd-rom bottom (shiny green or shiny purple) side down on a table - that scratches it. laying it down on paper is safe, but preferably leave it in a sleeve or cd case. dirt scratches it up. if it is smudges, wash the bottom off with water & detergent. dry with a terry cloth towel, but make sure there are no bits of cloth left on the cd (normally there won't be). it should be perfectly shiny, and don't touch the shiny surface. hold it by the edges, and /or you can stick your pinky finger in the hub of the cd to hold it.