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1 You can open the File Browser by choosing File > Browse or, if your work area is larger than 800 x 600 pixels, by dragging the File Browser tag out of the palette well.

2 You can use either the File Browser or a desktop folder—such as the Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS)—to rename files, delete files from your hard disk, move files and folders from one location to another, and to create new folders.

3 Unlike desktop folders, the File Browser shows a thumbnail of each item within a selected folder and a preview of the selected item, plus information or metadata about the selected item, including EXIF information for images captured by a digital camera. This makes it easier to identify files without going to the trouble of opening them. This is especially useful for images you create with a digital camera and have auto-generated names rather than descriptive names. You can also use the File Browser to assign rankings to files, sort by those rankings, and batch-name items in a folder, and you can rotate images so that they open in Photoshop with the orientation you assigned in the File Browser.

4 The File Browser, like any other palette, has a palette menu and can be docked in the palette well. Unlike other palettes, when you drag the File Browser from the palette well, it appears with a title bar but no tab. To dock the File Browser, you must choose a command from the palette menu, but you can just drop other palettes into the palette well by dragging them by the tab. On the menus, you can open the File Browser from the File menu (File > Browse), whereas you open other palettes by selecting the palette name from the Window menu.

5 You can click the Rotate button at the lower right of the File Browser to rotate the selected image. Each click advances the rotation clockwise by 90°. You can right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) an image thumbnail to open a context menu and then select one of the rotation commands: Rotate 180°, Rotate 90° CW, or Rotate 90° CCW.

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