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Chapter 4. The File Browser > Anatomy of the File Browser

Anatomy of the File Browser

The File Browser has evolved from being a somewhat oddly behaved palette in Photoshop 7 to being a mini-application in its own right in Photoshop CS, so the first thing you need to do is to acquaint yourself with its various parts (see Figure 4-2).

Figure 4-2. The File Browser


The File Browser window contains six different areas, two of which, the menu and toolbar, and the main window containing the thumbnails, are always visible. The four remaining components are resizable palettes that you can rearrange, resize, or combine just as you can other Photoshop palettes.

The main window holds thumbnails, which you can display at four different sizes. The Folders palette lets you quickly browse through folders and also lets you move or copy files by dragging or Option-draggingtheir thumbnails to a Folder icon in the Folders palette. The Preview palette shows a preview of the selected image. The Metadata palette shows the metadata associated with the selected image—you can control which fields are displayed. The Keywords palette lets you create keywords and sets of keywords, assign them to images, and perform searches.

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