Picasa Web Users - Copy Filename to Caption instructions

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Truelight Senior Member • Posts: 2,854
Picasa Web Users - Copy Filename to Caption instructions

Many Thanks to Bogdan who put me on the road to this fix for those of you frustrated when uploading images to Picasaweb and having it not display your filenames!!

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It's silly that the Picasa developers did not devise a way to allow
images to be uploaded to Picasaweb to use their Filenames as their
labels if that's what you'd like. After all, ALL of your images have
Filenames right from the camera but only the ones that you type in a
caption will have captions. (Which is what PicasaWeb uses to label your files)

So, until they work out this little shortcoming, here's a work-
around. Bear in mind this will overwrite any captions you might have
in the folder in which you run it (but it does retain an original if

you make a mistake). You can also recaption your images in PicasaWeb once they upload if you like with no harm to the original Filename.

You will first need to download a free program called ExifTool. You
will find it here:


This will download the file - exiftool-7.45.zip

Save it whereever you like (I like the Desktop while I'm working with
it). Double-click the file and UnZip it.

These next two steps are critical - First, UnZip it to your C:\Windows
folder. (it's gotta be here or it won't work)
When Unzipped, it will create a file called -


Now, rename the file without the [-k] part so it is now just -

So far so good. Now... wipe through and copy this next line -

exiftool "-IPTC:Caption-Abstract

Then, Open Notepad, paste the line into it, and save the file as


Save the file in a place you'll be able to find it.
You will only have to do the above steps once.

Now, copy the Filename2Caption.bat file into each folder where you
have photos you want to work with. Once the file is copied there,
double-click it to run it.

What will happen is that each file will be copied (and now the
Filename will be copied to the IPTC caption location which is where
Picasa looks for captions). A backup of the original will also be

So for example, if you had a file in the folder called:


You will also now have a file called -


(You can choose to keep these original files or delete them, your

Picasa will only see the new file (since it has the .jpg extension)
and it will have both the original Filename with the Caption being
identical. Now, if you upload the images to Picasaweb, you'll be able
to see the Filenames (as Captions).

I wish Google would simply do for Picasaweb what they've done in
Picasa 3 and that's allow thumbnails to display the (Filename /
Caption / Tags / Resolution) your choice. Then we woudn't have to use
these workarounds!! 'Til then I hope this is useful for some of you.



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