Change Where Picasa Offers to Save Imported Photos

SUMMARY: Configure Picasa to store imported photos in a different folder by default.

When you import photos into Picasa from a digital camera, scanner, or other media, a dialog box appears offering to store the imported files in your "My Pictures" folder. You can easily create a subdirectory underneath, if desired.

If you have a secondary hard drive or partition where photos are stored, or if you have another directory besides the "My Pictures" folder where you normally keep images, you might rather have Picasa default to said drive / directory. You can change this by doing the following:

Google Picasa prompting where to save imported photos

1. Select "Tools" - "Options".

2. When the "Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, make sure the "General" tab is selected.

3. Underneath "Save Imported Pictures In", click the "Browse" button.

4. A standard "Browse For Folder" dialog appears. Choose the folder you wish to use as the base folder for imported photos and click the "OK" button.

5. Click "OK" to close the "Options" dialog box.

This tip was written regarding Picasa 3.1.0 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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