Why do the edits made in Picasa not show in Photo Gallery?

Ah, the ways “Of Mice and Picasa” [*]. How the computer mouse works, you know pretty well, but Picasa, now that is a different creature altogether.

When you make an edit to an image in Picasa those changes are not incorporated into the image file. Well, some are, but for the most part those changes Picasa just stores away for its own use.

Here is an example. Let’s say you have a precious photo of that fine wheel on your motor carriage. To show really what a hot conveyance your vehicle is you apply the Heat Map effect in Picasa.


You want to touch it up in Photo Gallery. Low and behold, the Heat Map effect is not there. The photo looks exactly as it did before.

Let’s look in File Explorer. The photo there does not show the edits either. Indeed, the edits only show in Picasa and not in any other program or app.


See that “picasa.ini” icon in File Explorer? That’s your hint that Picasa does things differently.

But you want to share your Hot Wheel with your friends. What to do?

The solution is easy, but something you have to remember. In Picasa, after you have made any edits, do a “Save As…” and save a copy of the image. That image will have the edits incorporated and they will show properly everywhere.



[*] With all due apologies to John Steinbeck. No offense was intended.


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

How do I download emailed pictures?

When you receive an email with attached photos they will show as little thumbnails in the email message. You can view them by clicking on the pictures. You can save the photos by downloading them to your computer.

How to download photos from email?

The procedure is quite similar for all the email clients or services. Let’s take a look at several.

Download emailed photos from online Gmail

If you are using Gmail for your email and you are using the Google Chrome browser, you will see the picture thumbnails as shown in this illustration.


Above and to the right of the photos there are three links. the one with the down pointing arrow is the download tool. If there are several pictures they will be downloaded as a compressed “ZIP” file.

Click the Download all attachments icon with the downward arrow. You will get a dialog where you can specify the folder for the downloaded file.


The download dialog will look similar to the illustration above. You can select any folder, even your Desktop and you can change the name of the file that contains the pictures. Click Save when you have specified the folder and file name.

Download emailed photos from online Yahoo

If you are using Yahoo and get to your email in a browser it will look similar to the picture here.


Above the thumbnails you will see a Download all link. Click the link. If you do not get a dialog for setting the destination folder, the compressed file with the pictures will be in your Downloads folder.

Download emailed photos from online Outlook

If you are using a Microsoft email service your online view of the email with attached pictures will look something like this:


Below the thumbnails there is a Download all as zip link. Click it and you will get a dialog for selecting the destination folder and file name.

Save emailed photos from Windows 10 Mail

If you are using the Mail app in Windows 10 you will see thumbnails in the email message. Click on each photo. You will get a Save option. Click Save and you will get another dialog for specifying the destination.


Extracting the pictures from the compressed file

Once the pictures have been downloaded find the compressed file either in your Downloads folder or the folder you picked.


Right-click the compressed file name or icon, it will look like a folder with a zipper. In the drop-down menu click Extract All… You will get a dialog with destination options, pick the folder where the photos go.


© 2016 Ludwig Keck

How do I share a SkyDrive photo on Facebook?

SkyDrive provides for very detailed sharing. You can share albums, or individual photos in a variety of ways including sharing on Facebook. In this article I will describe the steps for sharing on Facebook.

imageThe method provided on SkyDrive shares a link to the photo and its album on SkyDrive, the photo is not actually copied to Facebook. Here is an illustration of how it appears on Facebook. When a viewer clicks on the photo thumbnail or the title she will get something like this:image

The viewer is taken to the photo in your SkyDrive album. The other photos in the album will also be available if the album is public.

The procedure for sharing a SkyDrive photo on Facebook

imageOn your SkyDrive go to the photo you wish to share. Click Sharing in the info panel on the right. Click Share in the expanded list.  The share dialog comes up. Click the Facebook icon, see the illustration here.

If you have not shared on imageFacebook before, click add service, then click on Facebook in the new menu. You will be taken through a number of dialogs to complete the connection to Facebook. Once that is complete, you can share to Facebook from the initial sharing dialog. When you click the Facebook icon in the Post to area, a checkbox with the Facebook icon is displayed. Click the checkbox. You can fill in the text of the message that is to appear with your Facebook post.image

Then just click Post and SkyDrive send a post to your Facebook page.

You saw above how that looks and learned what happens when a viewer click on the post.

If you wish for the photo to be copied to your Facebook Photos section, then you need to upload the photo from your computer. That can be done easily from Windows Live Photo Gallery.


© 2011 Ludwig Keck