Preserve Your Memories

Here are your Photos

This CD/DVD or USB memory stick (storage device) contains the digital image files for your photos. To have a look at them load or insert the storage device into a computer which should have a built in software program which will allow you to list the storage device’s contents.

Use your computer to organise the files

The type of software program to use is one which is designed to show the names of all of the digital files which are loaded on the computer. These programs go under various names depending on the version of computer you’re using, but common names are “File Manager”, “Explorer”, “My computer” and so on.

Using this software, select the storage device you’ve just inserted and you will see a list of the directories (sometimes called folders) which contain your photo image files.

Select any of these and a list of its image file contents will be displayed.

Sort the list

There are dozens of file attributes which can be displayed by your computer’s file management software, but typically the only ones displayed as headers on the menu bar are “name”, “size”, “type” and “date”.

You can change the order in which your files are listed by clicking on the appropriate header.

Clicking on “name” will list the files alphabetically or numerically in ascending or descending order by file name. Clicking again will reverse that order.

Likewise the list can be re-ordered by “size”, “type” or “date” by clicking on the appropriate menu header.

If your photos had writing on the back

Captions written on the backs of photos will be supplied as image files with a “.tif” style file name as opposed to the “.jpg” which is used for the photos themselves. But the numerical part of the file name will be identical for a photo and its back caption.  So, file “42.tif” will be the caption from the back of photo “42.jpg”.

Use your computer’s file management sorting facility to arrange the files in the order you find most suitable for checking.