The environment:

I'm a Windows 7 user, have 2 monitors and very little knowledge of the pixel world. I have image & movie files (JPEG & MP4) saved all together in an unorganized folder. Or at least, only auto-organized. (picture name & date are sorted by ascending order) Taken from a GoPro camera, they just count from x to x+1.

The problem:

I take a thousand pictures and enjoy 100 of them. I need a way to separates the ones I like in a different folder

What i'm looking for:

Is there a software or something I could do with my current settings to do that easily? I would like to, say, look at every picture one by one, and then press a shortcut or a button with my mouse (hopefully keyboard) that would separate this picture from the others.

What i've done, without real success:

I've looked into ways of "marking" it somehow (and then just sort the folder) but I couldn't find anything. I haven't really seen anything helpful in the classic "Preview" software windows offers I usually have one picture on the screen and the folder on the other, then i just look up the name and move the file manually. This takes forever as you can imagine.

Any idea ?


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This is a workaround and is hardly optimal. I'm hoping someone else would post a better solution since I'm also interested in this question

I use a combination of IrfanView and AutoHotKey.

IrfanView allows you to rename the picture you are viewing by hitting F2, and AutoHotKey lets you assign hotkey to any key combination you like. I use a script that has this line in it:

#s::Send {F2}{Home}0000{Enter}

Whenever I encounter a picture I want to separate from the rest, I hit Win+S and the script simulates renaming the file to automatically prepend 0000. After you're done browsing, you could just sort the files by name and all the renamed ones would show in the beginning.

After you copy/move the files, and if you mind that they had been renamed, you could use a batch renaming tool to change them back by removing the first 4 characters of every file name.

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