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Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!): Never Hunt for a Photo Again on Your Computer

Life Lessons of a Military Wife (overseas in Europe!)

My goal here is to make your life easier, especially those who are in the unique situation of being a military spouse. Yes...I've been around...but in a good way...and hopefully can share those tips, tricks and shortcuts with you too. I've been on this military bus for over 40 years now. My goals in life are to have a well-run home, few money worries, well adjusted children, money socked away and whatever happiness I can scoop out of life.

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After life as an Army brat, being in the Army myself and marrying a soldier, I can honestly say I have a bucket full of life lessons I can share to help you make your everyday life easier and enlightening. Don't waste your time making unnecessary mistakes and benefit from others who have come before you on your journey through life.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Never Hunt for a Photo Again on Your Computer

Over the weekend, I was on a friend's computer. She wanted to show me a...what she says...a hilarious photo of her little doggie, Maxie, when she was a puppy. Well, after sitting there in front of her computer and her repeatedly saying, "nope, that's not it", I told her, why don't we call it a day and go drink a Dr. Pepper.

After having a chance to think about it and mulling it over as I usually do when presented with a problem, I thought...why don't I just show her how I save my jpg and picture files...it works for me...why not for the next person too? Why not just write about it?

So, after our refreshments and a renewed sense of giving it a go, we sat down and organized her photos. It helps that photos have a datestamp, and if you are already familiar with how folders work in Windows, you are that much ahead!

First, you need to see how many YEARS worth of photos you have on your computer. My friend had about three years' worth stored mish mash in a few different folders. Follow the steps below to streamline those photos once and for all:

  • Make a habit of ONLY putting files in your "My Documents" Folder on your computer. So, you're not only going to have your photos in here, but every file generated by every computer program on your computer (we'll go over the other types of files at a later date)
  • If you have a "My Pictures" folder, create a folder for each year (such as "Photos 2001", "Photos 2002" and so on) within that folder; if you don't have a "My Pictures" folder, create one in "My Documents" right now before you go any further
  • Within each year, make a a folder for EACH month, whether you think you have photos or not for that timeframe; "Jan 2005", "Feb 2005", "Mar 2005" and so on
  • Now you are ready to start putting your photos into each month's folder IN the appropriate year
  • As a sidenote, sometimes you might have an event or trip such as "Disneyworld Jun 2005"; just put that into your "Jun 2005" folder and be done with it
Follow these simple tips, and you will NEVER hunt for a photo or set of photos again. Your computer is so nice and helpful, that it will even put the photos into the order you uploaded them onto your computer to begin with!

Photo by walmink on Flickr.com

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Blogger Natalie said...

I save my photos by date like you described on my desktop and also in my free photo storage account (photobucket.com) so the photos won't get lost if my computer should ever crash.

Good tips!

July 10, 2007 at 2:49 AM  
Blogger ****Veteran Military Wife**** said...

Great idea! That way you have a mirror image of what you have on your computer. I also have an external hard drive, that connects to my computer via USB and that whole "My Documents" folder gets shipped over there as well at least once a week! Thanks for stopping by!

July 10, 2007 at 3:01 AM  

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