Table of Contents
- The main digiKam window
- The Image Editor
- The Light Table
- The Batch Queue Manager
- The Camera Interface
The Browse menu provides access to the same views you can see on the Left Sidebar. Descriptions see under The Main digiKam Window. In addition there are "Back" and "Forward" menu items that will lead you through the history of your digiKam use in the same way you are used to from an internet browser for example. And finally there is the "Quit" item to leave digiKam.
The first five items of this menu (above the separator) are only active if you are in the Albums View.
- → (Ctrl+N)
Opens a dialog to create a new album folder similar to the album properties dialog described here. It just has an additional drop down field where you can choose whether the new album is created as a child of the current one or at the root of the current collection.
Edit the currently selected album title, caption and collection as described here.
- → (F5)
Rename the current album.
Open the default file manager with the current Album path.
Delete/Move to trash selected Album and all items in it.
Write the metadata in the database to the file's metadata of all items in the current album. The images will inherit the database metadata, not the other way round as in the next menu item.
Write the metadata of all items in the current album to the database. The database will inherit the images metadata, not the other way round as in the previous menu item.
The items below the separator are only active if you are in the Tags View.
Opens the digiKam Tag Manager.
A dialog will open where you can type in the tag name (or even a whole hierarchy branch), assign an icon and/or a shortcut to the tag. The new tag will be created as a sub-tag of the selected tag.
The Tag Properties allow you to change the name of the tag, the icon used in the Tags tree and the shortcut.
Remove the currently selected Tag from the Album's Database. This doesn't delete the images the tag was assigned to.
- → (F4)
Opens the selected image in the digiKam image editor.
- → (Meta-F4)
Opens the selected item in the default application according to the mimetype, e.g. Gwenview.
- → (F2)
Renames the currently selected item(s). See description here.
- → (Del)
Moves selected item(s) to trash (recoverable delete).
- → (Ctrl-L)
Inserts selection into the Light Table thumbbar and puts the Light Table into the foreground.
- → (Ctrl-Shift-L)
Adds selection to the Light Table thumbbar and puts the Light Table into the foreground.
- → (Ctrl-B)
Opens the digiKam Batch Queue Manager and adds selection to the current queue or, if there is no queue yet, to a new queue.
- → (Ctrl-Shift-B)
Opens the digiKam Batch Queue Manager and puts selection into a new queue.
Puts the selected item into the Image tab in the Fuzzy View.
See the dedicated Image (Similar items) for more information.
When editing metadata using the Metadata Editor the data will be written to the image only. If you want them to appear in the Metadata Tab of the Right Sidebar you got to use this function first.
Menu entry for rotating the currently selected images lossless (Ctrl-Shift-Left) or (Ctrl-Shift-Right) in 90 degree steps (see submenu).
Menu entry for flipping the currently selected images lossless (Ctrl-*) or (Ctrl-/) (see submenu).
Menu entry to manually activate the auto rotate/flip feature for the currently selected images using the EXIF orientation tag. For a more detailed description see Lossless Image Rotation.
The EXIF Orientation Tag of the current selection will be changed depending on the option you choose from the submenu. The thumbnail(s) and preview(s) will be rotated accordingly if Show images/thumbnails rotated according to orientation tag is checked in → → → → , but not the actual image file. If you want to rotate that as well you got to use the function → described above additionally. If you open the file in the digiKam Image Editor it will also come up in the rotated version and will be stored that way on disc if you save it. But be aware of the fact that this would be a lossy operation as long as it is not a lossless file format.
Opens the digiKam Metadata Editor to handle meta data of the image (EXIF, IPTC, XMP).
See the dedicated Metadata Editor chapter for more information.
Opens the digiKam Geolocation Editor to handle GPS meta data of the image.
See the dedicated Geolocation Tool for more information.
Calls standard print dialog.
Tool to print Album images.
See the dedicated Print Wizard for more information.
Another very useful function on items is grouping which is at the time of writing only available through the context menu on a selection of items. For details see Grouping Photographs in the chapter about the Main digiKam Window.
Beside the usual "Cut", "Copy" and "Paste" the Edit Menu contains the following items:
- → (Ctrl+A)
Select all images currently shown
- → (Ctrl+Shift+A)
Un-select all items in the current view
- → (Ctrl+I)
Invert the current selection
Shows thumbnails in the Image Area
- → (F3)
Shows additionally a preview in the Image Area.
The preview has "Back" and "Forward" buttons at the top left corner to navigate through all the images currently shown.
Shows images on a map.
Shows images in a table where you can choose by right clicking on the title bar which information you want to be displayed.
By default you have these four items also on the main toolbar.
Slide Show including RAW files.
- → → (F9)
Start slide show of all images in current window.
- → → (Alt+F9)
Start slide show on selected images.
- → → (Shift+F9)
Slide show that recurses through the current album tree.
- → → (Alt+Shift+F9)
Tool to display an advanced slide show with Album items.
See the dedicated Presentation Tool for more information.
- → (Ctrl+Shift+F)
Switch to full screen (Return with the same keyboard shortcut).
- → (Ctrl++,+)
Increase preview or the thumbnail size of the currently selected Album.
- → (Ctrl+-,-)
Decrease preview or the thumbnail size of the currently selected Album.
- → (Ctrl+,)
Will show the image 1:1 (meaning 1 image pixel is mapped exactly to 1 screen pixel) in preview mode.
- → (Ctrl+Alt+E)
Will size the image as to fit snug into the window.
Sort all digiKam Albums by Folder, by Category or by Date.
Sort all images in current Album by Name, Path, Date, File Size, Rating, Image Size, Aspect Ratio or by Similarity, the latter only in the Fuzzy View.
Select whether images should be sorted in ascending or descending order.
Select whether images should be shown un-grouped (Flat List) or grouped by album or by format.
Select whether groups should be sorted in ascending or descending order.
If a hierarchical album structure exists, the currently selected branch will be displayed in full depth.
If a hierarchical tag structure exists, the currently selected branch will be displayed in full depth.
- → (F12)
Toggles between showing thumbnails and preview in color-managed mode or not.
For more information about color management see this lengthy chapter.
Opens the digiKam Image Editor.
- → (L)
Switches to the Light Table window.
- → (B)
Opens the Batch Queue Manager window.
- → (Ctrl+F)
Switches to the Search View with focus on the simple search field.
- → (Ctrl+Alt+F)
Switches to the Search View and launches the advanced search dialog.
- → (Ctrl+D)
Leads to the "Duplicates" tab in the Fuzzy View.
See Fuzzy View for more information.
Opens the maintenance tool.
For a detailed description see this Chapter
Tool to create a calendar with Album items.
See the dedicated Calendar Tool for more information.
Tool to send images with your favorite email client.
See the dedicated Send Images Tool for more information.
Any configured digital camera will be listed here. You can use the "Add Camera Manually..." menu entry to add a new camera to the list. Please, read the Camera Settings for more information.
Once you choose a camera from the list the Camera Interface will open. For a detailed description see Using a Digital Camera With digiKam..
All currently mounted USB storage devices will be listed here. The function will open the same interface as the Import/Cameras menu item.
All currently mounted card readers will be listed here. The function will open the same interface as the Import/Cameras menu item.
- → (Ctrl+Alt+I)
After asking for the source folder with the standard Open dialog of your OS the function will display the images in that folder in the same interface as the Import/Cameras menu item.
This item is only active in the Albums View.
Navigate to a folder and import it entirely
This item is only active in the Albums View.
Opens a scanner dialog
See the dedicated Acquire Images Tool for more information.
Here are following the import menu items for the webservices you have chosen in
→ → and which are labeled “Export” in the “Categories” column.
Tool to export the images series into a KML structure. KML files can then be opened and displayed with GoogleEarth.
See the dedicated KML Export Tool for more information.
Tool to upload or update images to Piwigo galleries
See the dedicated Piwigo Export Tool for more information.
Tool to upload or update images to Flickr server.
See the dedicated Flickr Export Tool for more information.
Tool upload or update images to Google Photos galleries.
See the dedicated Google Services Tool for more information.
Tool upload images to Google Drive.
See the dedicated Google Services Tool for more information.
Tool to create a Flash gallery with Albums.
See the dedicated Flash Export Tool for more information.
Enable or disable the main digiKam toolbar.
- → (Ctrl+M)
Enable or disable the main digiKam menu bar.
Remind the keyboard shortcut in order to be able to get it back! Another way is the context menu within the Image Area.
Enable or disable the main digiKam status bar.
- → (Ctrl+T)
Enable or disable the thumbbar in the digiKam Image Area.
This item is only active while a preview is displayed because it is meant to make more space for the preview in the Image Area.
Choose from a list (submenu) of predefined color themes for the appearance of digiKam.
Configure the digiKam shortcuts and manage different schemes of shortcuts.
Configure the digiKam toolbars.
Configure the digiKam notifications including actions like "Play a sound", "Log to a file" or "Run command".
Launch tool to migrate the digiKam databases from SQLite to MySQL or vice versa.
Find more information about the databases and database migration in the setup section about digiKam databases.
Launch digiKam configure dialog.
For a detailed description see digiKam Configuration.