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Tuesday Tech Tip: Picasa Web Albums

Today’s tip will help you do a little spring cleaning.

If you have lots and lots of files in your H: drive, you may be getting close to your size limit.  If you get close, Spacemon (in the lower right-hand corner of your screen) will go from green to red and start beeping at you. This can get annoying, to say the least.

Photos are the usual culprit in eating up space quickly.  If you have photos pasted into documents or presentations, those files can get very big as well.  Here are a couple of solutions:

If you have many photos, upload them to a web album. The advantages?

  • Access to your photos anytime, anywhere.
  • Online photo storage = online back-up for your important photos.
  • You can create a photo slide show in Picasa with a single click.
  • Sharing! You can create a private album or a shared album.
  • You can then delete the photos from your H: drive (or transfer them to a flash drive or CD) and free up lots of space.
  • Here’s a short video that explains how online photo storage works:  http://www.commoncraft.com/photosharing
  • Here’s a short tutorial that explains how to upload photos to Picasa web albums:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a0ZvxZv-Yo

If you have very large files of Power Point presentations or Word documents, you can create a PDF of those files which are smaller and take up less space.

  • A PDF is an “image” of your document.  It cannot be edited.
  • This is a good solution if you have large archival files you’d like to keep but don’t need to edit.

Directions for either of these solutions are here.  Please don’t hesitate to ask if you need support in bringing your H: drive down to size.


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