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How do I get Picasa to scan my computer for photos I've recently taken? It used to scan automatically.

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How do I get Picasa to scan my computer for photos I've recently taken? It used to scan automatically. amwaz 5/17/10 9:38 PM
Until the most recent upgrade, adding photos to folders was automatic.  Now when I add a photo to a desktop or pictures folder, Picasa doesn't add it.  Also, I hate the folder of faces.  If I delete it, will I also be deleting the photos in which the faces appear?  Is is possible to reverse the recent "upgrades"?
Re: How do I get Picasa to scan my computer for photos I've recently taken? It used to scan automatically. SanFranMan 5/17/10 10:17 PM
You are asking several questions:

Question 1) I assume that the folder with the photos when you go to Tools > Folder Manager that the folder is set to "Scan Always".
Here are other reasons why the photos are not showing within Picasa : http://picasa.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=32690&topic=16062

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Question 2)
If you delete the faces , you will not be deleting the actual photos themselves. Turn off face detection by going to Tools > Options > Name Tags and uncheck the two check boxes.

Go to Tools > Folder Manager and turn off face detection for ALL folders - In the "Folder List" on the left side, scroll up to your main folder, then deselect "Face Detection On" and click OK.

Right-click on each individual person folder and select "Delete People Album".

To delete the Unnamed album , at the top of the People collection, click Expand Groups (upper right corner), then select and delete all the faces.

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Question 3) For a successful return to the stable Version 3.1 please follow these directions EXACTLY.

Your current photos , videos and Picasa edits and albums will be quite safe.

Please read this very carefully especially about disconnecting from the Internet:


1) Firstly, uninstall Picasa 3.6 Answer "Yes" when asked about removing your database. Your photos on your computer and any edits done in Picasa are quite safe.

2) Download Picasa 3.1 from http://www.filehippo.com/download_picasa/5597/

3) Disconnect yourself from the internet (unplug your cord or switch off your cable modem)
The reason is the default setting in Picasa is set to automatically update if there is a later version when opened .
This happens as soon as you launch , so immediately you open the re-downloaded 3.1 it will start to update to Version 3.6

4) Install Picasa 3.1 and launch it

5) Go to Tools > Options > General and change the Automatic Update option to "Don't Check For Updates". Then press OK.

6) Have a look at Tools -> Folder Manager and make sure that Picasa 3.1 is scanning all the folders that you want.

7) Reconnect to the Internet.