Re-numbering photos in a "My Pictures" folder

  Yimbo 10:35 22 Aug 2012

I have a folder in "My Pictures" with about 400 photos - all with various descriptions/numbers. I want to make a slide-show presentation, but though the pictures are in the order I want them in the folder, when I open my program to make the slide-show, they are shown in a very different order - which would make selecting them a tedious process.

Is there a way to re-number them all in the folder - 001 to 400 - thus preserving the order I want, without having to go through them all one by one?

  HenryF75 10:39 22 Aug 2012
  Burn-it 11:35 22 Aug 2012

It is likely that your slideshow program has the option to change the order. I suspect that one is using name and the other is using date.

  Yimbo 11:39 22 Aug 2012

Thanks HenryF75 - - I've downloaded your suggestion - but it looks like it involves (for me!) a substantial learning curve! I'll give it a go and see how I get on!

  Yimbo 11:42 22 Aug 2012

Thank you Burn-it. The program I'm using is ProShow Gold from Photodex. I'll look into what you've suggested!

  Yimbo 11:43 22 Aug 2012

Thank you Burn-it. The program I'm using is ProShow Gold from Photodex. I'll look into what you've suggested!

  HenryF75 08:27 23 Aug 2012

Yimbo Do not be put of by the large number of options. The sections you want will probably be (5) and (10). Just untick the rest,select the files you wish to alter and give it a go.

  chub_tor 08:37 23 Aug 2012

Yimbo I had that same problem a few weeks ago and was also intimidated at first by the large number of options, however as HenryF75 says, it is actually quite easy to use, it's just that first option screen looks intimidating. Try it, you will find it very useful.

  hssutton 11:20 23 Aug 2012

In Windows Copy the photos to a new folder.

On the duplicate folder click on Organize then Select All then Rename. Enter a number sequence such as 001 on the first photo, press enter and all you photos will be renumbered in order 001-002 etc.

  SimpleSimon1 11:47 23 Aug 2012

Yimbo, as others have said, it ain't nearly as scary as it looks. Just take a deep breath and read through the help file (especially the Application Overview/Getting Started item). It's well laid out, informative and very easy to get to grips with. Don't bother with the really complicated stuff (e.g. section 1 REgEx) but sections 3, 5, 7 & 10 (and occasionally 6) really make managing photo file names a whole lot easier. Once you get comfortable with it, you can even update "date taken" timestamps although, as the author says, this can be a bit slow if trying to operate on large numbers of files.

Good luck

  Burn-it 11:50 23 Aug 2012

And just how is that going to help? We've already established that one of the programs is NOT using the name to sort them. What is more your suggestion will reset the date on ALL the files to the same date "today's" so any date sporting would be lost.

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