Picasa Help and Tips

Tips for Google's Picasa photo viewing, editing, and sharing application. Tips include downloading and installing Picasa, printing photos, backing up photos to CD or DVD, and Picasa configuration tweaks.


#1: Manually Search for Duplicate Photos
Manage your photo collection - check if folders watched by Google Picasa contain duplicate images.

#2: Show or Hide Popup Tooltips
Make sure tooltips are displayed in Picasa if you need some extra help, or hide them if you are a Picasa expert.

#3: I'm Not Being Prompted to Confirm Deleting Photos!
If Picasa does not prompt you to confirm removing a photo from the album or deleting it from disk, turn these warnings back on.

#4: Don't Be Stuck with Default Print Sizes; Change Them!
Choose from a list of available digital photo print sizes in Picasa instead of using the defaults.

#5: Print a Contact Sheet of your Photos
Output even more photos per page in Picasa by printing contact sheets.

#6: Disable Automatic Updates, or Prompt First
Don't want Picasa automatically attempting to update itself? Disable automatic updates completely, or have the software prompt you before downloading an update.

#7: Fix Photo Dates and Times
Did you import a group of photos into Picasa that have the incorrect date and/or time? Fix them with ease.

#8: Change the Interface Language
Localize Picasa by changing its interface language for menus and dialogs.

#9: Change the Thumbnail Size Via the Slider or Keyboard Shortcuts
A beginner's tip for Picasa - how to resize thumbnails in the Library View via the slider or keyboard shortcuts.

#10: Remove Shop, Blog, and Other Buttons at Bottom of Picasa
If you don't plan on ordering prints, blogging, creating photo collages or movies, or geotagging photos, remove these buttons from Picasa.

#11: Change How Picasa Resizes Photos When Emailing
Turn off photo resizing in Picasa when e-mailing just one photo, or configure Picasa to send larger or smaller photos when e-mailing multiple pictures simultaneously.

#12: Find Out Where a Particular Photo is Stored on Disk or Copy the Path to the Clipboard
Unsure where a particular photograph in Picasa's Library is stored on your hard drive? Finding out is easy. You can also copy the photo's path to the clipboard.

#13: Backup Photos to CD / DVD and Restore from Backups
Store copies of important photos in the Picasa library onto CD and DVD media, and restore them from those backups if necessary.

#14: Feeling Blue? Search for Photos Matching Your Mood
Find photos in Picasa matching particular colors - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, or black and white.

#15: Display Filenames or Other Information Underneath Photo Thumbnails
In Picasa's Library View, show photograph filenames, captions, tags, or resolutions.

#16: Change Where Picasa Offers to Save Imported Photos
Configure Picasa to store imported photos in a different folder by default.

#17: Make GIF, PNG, and TGA Files Visible, as Well as Smaller Pictures
If you have GIF, PNG, and TGA photos you need visible in Picasa, make the following tweaks.

#18: Download the Picasa Photo Viewing, Editing, and Sharing Application
Organize your photos, perform color corrections and other effects, and share your pictures with the world with Google's Picasa.

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