Has this ever happened to you?
You find that different photos have the same name. This can happen whenever your camera starts over with its numbering scheme. Some cameras do that automatically when you install a new memory card or even after you have moved and erased the pictures. You can set your camera to keep using the next sequential number, but even that will eventually come to a “roll-over” after it reaches 9999 or whatever the camera’s maximum number is.
How to get unique file numbers
To make you file names and your folder names unique, make the date part of the name! This will also help sort the files and folders by date – they way most of us think of our pictures.
Windows Live Photo Gallery provides a number of options for managing folder and file numbers. Click File then on the drop-down menu click Options. In the Options dialog window click the Import tab. Now it will look like this:
These are the default settings. Click on the button next to Folder name: and select Date Taken + Name – of course, you might want one of the other options.
Similarly make the selection for File name:
These settings will “stick”, you will not need to do this each time. Whith these settings your photos will be named like this:
Note that both the folder names and the file names for the pictures will start with the date year-month-day. The name of each photo starts with the folder name and is followed by the exposure number assigned by the camera. I like mine that way. I move a lot of my pictures around, and this way I will still instantly know is “source”. Choose the method that suits you best.