Task 2 How to Use the File Browser

The File Browser is a floating window and palette that allows you to quickly view, reference, and launch any image file on your local computer or server. It allows you to visually browse multiple images and folders, and it is a real timesaver if you have a multitude of images or nondescript filenames

  1. Open the File Browser

    By default, the File Browser is located in the palette well on the right edge of the Options bar. To open it, click the tab labeled File Browser. The browser is also listed in the Window menu; you can launch it from there by selecting Window, File Browser.


  2. View the Content Areas

    The File Browser window is divided into four main areas. In the left column is the file list, the image preview section, and the file info section. The right column displays the image thumbnails for the selected folder.


  3. Access a Folder of Images

    Navigate the hierarchical menus in the file list to locate the desired folder of images. Click the folder to highlight it; this action also loads the thumbnails for the images in the folder in the thumbnail section of the window.


  4. Format Thumbnail Display Area

    Thumbnail previews can be displayed in a variety of ways. Use the Sort By menu at the bottom of the File Browser window to sort by 11 different variables, including name, size, file type, and copyright. The View By menu controls thumbnail size and data display.


  5. Select an Image

    Click a thumbnail to display a larger preview in the image preview section of the File Browser window. Information about file size, format, modification dates, and more is listed in the file info section of the window.


  6. Open an Image

    Double-click a thumbnail to open the image. While the browser is open, you can continue to open multiple files in sequence.


How-To Hints

Repositioning the Browser

If you drag the File Browser tab out of the palette well, it becomes a floating window, and you can close, expand, or minimize it. To redock it, choose Dock to Palette Well from the File Browser Options menu.

Rotating Files and Thumbnails

Occasionally, a scanned or digital photo image requires rotation. The File Browser features a Rotate button next to the View By menu at the bottom of the window. Select a thumbnail and click the Rotate button to rotate the thumbnail 90 degrees clockwise. Hold the Option key (Mac users) or the Ctrl key (Windows users) and click the Rotate button to rotate 90 degrees counterclockwise. When you open the file, Photoshop automatically applies the rotation shown in the thumbnail.