Chapter 30. Menu Descriptions

The main digiKam window

The Browse Menu

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 Album Menu

The first five items of this menu (above the separator) are only active if you are in the Albums View.

AlbumNew... (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.

AlbumProperties

Edit the currently selected album title, caption and collection as described here.

AlbumRename (F5)

Rename the current album.

AlbumOpen in File Manager

Open the default file manager with the current Album path.

AlbumDelete Album

Delete/Move to trash selected Album and all items in it.

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AlbumWrite Metadata to Images

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.

AlbumReread Metadata From Images

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 Tag Menu

The items below the separator are only active if you are in the Tags View.

TagTag Manager

Opens the digiKam Tag Manager.

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TagNew...

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.

TagProperties

The Tag Properties allow you to change the name of the tag, the icon used in the Tags tree and the shortcut.

TagDelete

Remove the currently selected Tag from the Album's Database. This doesn't delete the images the tag was assigned to.

The Item Menu

ItemOpen... (F4)

Opens the selected image in the digiKam image editor.

ItemOpen With Default Application (Meta-F4)

Opens the selected item in the default application according to the mimetype, e.g. Gwenview.

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ItemRename (F2)

Renames the currently selected item(s). See description here.

ItemMove to trash (Del)

Moves selected item(s) to trash (recoverable delete).

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ItemPlace onto Light Table (Ctrl-L)

Inserts selection into the Light Table thumbbar and puts the Light Table into the foreground.

ItemAdd to Light Table (Ctrl-Shift-L)

Adds selection to the Light Table thumbbar and puts the Light Table into the foreground.

ItemAdd to Current Queue (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.

ItemAdd to New Queue (Ctrl-Shift-B)

Opens the digiKam Batch Queue Manager and puts selection into a new queue.

ItemFind Similar...

Puts the selected item into the Image tab in the Fuzzy View.

See the dedicated Image (Similar items) for more information.

ItemWrite Metadata to Image

TODO

ItemReread Metadata from Image

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.

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ItemRotate

Menu entry for rotating the currently selected images lossless Left (Ctrl-Shift-Left) or Right (Ctrl-Shift-Right) in 90 degree steps (see submenu).

ItemFlip

Menu entry for flipping the currently selected images lossless Horizontally (Ctrl-*) or Vertically (Ctrl-/) (see submenu).

ItemAuto Rotate/Flip using EXIF information

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.

ItemAdjust EXIF Orientation Tag

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 SettingsConfigure digiKam...MetadataRotationRotate actions , but not the actual image file. If you want to rotate that as well you got to use the function ItemAuto Rotate/Flip using EXIF information 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.

ItemEdit Metadata...

Opens the digiKam Metadata Editor to handle meta data of the image (EXIF, IPTC, XMP).

See the dedicated Metadata Editor chapter for more information.

ItemEdit Geolocation...

Opens the digiKam Geolocation Editor to handle GPS meta data of the image.

See the dedicated Geolocation Tool for more information.

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ItemPrint

Calls standard print dialog.

ItemPrint Assistant...

Tool to print Album images.

See the dedicated Print Wizard for more information.

Note

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.

The Edit Menu

Beside the usual "Cut", "Copy" and "Paste" the Edit Menu contains the following items:

EditSelect All (Ctrl+A)

Select all images currently shown

EditSelect None (Ctrl+Shift+A)

Un-select all items in the current view

EditInvert Selection (Ctrl+I)

Invert the current selection

The View Menu

ViewThumbnails

Shows thumbnails in the Image Area

ViewPreview Image (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.

ViewMap

Shows images on a map.

ViewTable

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.

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ViewSlideshow

Slide Show including RAW files.

ViewSlideshowAll (F9)

Start slide show of all images in current window.

ViewSlideshowSelection (Alt+F9)

Start slide show on selected images.

ViewSlideshowWith All Sub-Albums (Shift+F9)

Slide show that recurses through the current album tree.

ViewSlideshowPresentation... (Alt+Shift+F9)

Tool to display an advanced slide show with Album items.

See the dedicated Presentation Tool for more information.

ViewFull Screen Mode (Ctrl+Shift+F)

Switch to full screen (Return with the same keyboard shortcut).

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ViewZoom in (Ctrl++,+)

Increase preview or the thumbnail size of the currently selected Album.

ViewZoom out (Ctrl+-,-)

Decrease preview or the thumbnail size of the currently selected Album.

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ViewZoom to 100% (Ctrl+,)

Will show the image 1:1 (meaning 1 image pixel is mapped exactly to 1 screen pixel) in preview mode.

ViewFit to Window (Ctrl+Alt+E)

Will size the image as to fit snug into the window.

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ViewSort Albums

Sort all digiKam Albums by Folder, by Category or by Date.

ViewSort Images

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.

ViewImage Sorting Order

Select whether images should be sorted in ascending or descending order.

ViewGroup Images

Select whether images should be shown un-grouped (Flat List) or grouped by album or by format.

ViewGroup Sorting Order

Select whether groups should be sorted in ascending or descending order.

ViewInclude Album Sub-Tree

If a hierarchical album structure exists, the currently selected branch will be displayed in full depth.

ViewInclude Tag Sub-Tree

If a hierarchical tag structure exists, the currently selected branch will be displayed in full depth.

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ViewColor-Managed View (F12)

Toggles between showing thumbnails and preview in color-managed mode or not.

For more information about color management see this lengthy chapter.

The Tools Menu

ToolsImage Editor

Opens the digiKam Image Editor.

ToolsLight Table (L)

Switches to the Light Table window.

ToolsBatch Queue Manager (B)

Opens the Batch Queue Manager window.

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ToolsSearch... (Ctrl+F)

Switches to the Search View with focus on the simple search field.

ToolsAdvanced Search... (Ctrl+Alt+F)

Switches to the Search View and launches the advanced search dialog.

ToolsFind Duplicates (Ctrl+D)

Leads to the "Duplicates" tab in the Fuzzy View.

See Fuzzy View for more information.

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ToolsMaintenance...

Opens the maintenance tool.

For a detailed description see this Chapter

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ToolsBlend Bracketed or Focus Stack Images...

TODO

ToolsCreate Panorama...

TODO

ToolsCreate Calendar...

Tool to create a calendar with Album items.

See the dedicated Calendar Tool for more information.

ToolsEmail Images...

Tool to send images with your favorite email client.

See the dedicated Send Images Tool for more information.

The Import Menu

ImportCameras

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..

ImportUSB Storage Devices

All currently mounted USB storage devices will be listed here. The function will open the same interface as the Import/Cameras menu item.

ImportCard Readers

All currently mounted card readers will be listed here. The function will open the same interface as the Import/Cameras menu item.

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ImportAdd Images... (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.

ImportAdd Folders...

Navigate to a folder and import it entirely

This item is only active in the Albums View.

ImportImport from Scanner...

Opens a scanner dialog

See the dedicated Acquire Images Tool for more information.

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ImportImport from ...

Here are following the import menu items for the webservices you have chosen in

SettingsConfigure digiKam...Plugins and which are labeled Export in the Categories column.

The Export Menu

ExportKML Export...

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.

ToolsExport to Piwigo

Tool to upload or update images to Piwigo galleries

See the dedicated Piwigo Export Tool for more information.

ExportExport to Flickr...

Tool to upload or update images to Flickr server.

See the dedicated Flickr Export Tool for more information.

ExportExport to Google Photos...

Tool upload or update images to Google Photos galleries.

See the dedicated Google Services Tool for more information.

ExportExport to Google Drive...

Tool upload images to Google Drive.

See the dedicated Google Services Tool for more information.

ExportFlash Export

Tool to create a Flash gallery with Albums.

See the dedicated Flash Export Tool for more information.

The Settings Menu

SettingsShow Toolbar

Enable or disable the main digiKam toolbar.

SettingsShow Menubar (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.

SettingsShow Statusbar

Enable or disable the main digiKam status bar.

SettingsShow Thumbbar (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.

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SettingsThemes

Choose from a list (submenu) of predefined color themes for the appearance of digiKam.

SettingsConfigure Shortcuts...

Configure the digiKam shortcuts and manage different schemes of shortcuts.

SettingsConfigure Toolbars...

Configure the digiKam toolbars.

SettingsConfigure Notifications...

Configure the digiKam notifications including actions like "Play a sound", "Log to a file" or "Run command".

SettingsDatabase Migration...

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.

SettingsConfigure digiKam...

Launch digiKam configure dialog.

For a detailed description see digiKam Configuration.

The Help Menu

HelpSupported RAW Cameras

Displays a live filter of all supported RAW format cameras.

RAW camera support

HelpComponents Information

Displays an information panel with shared libraries and components.

RAW camera support

HelpDatabase Statistics

Displays an information panel with a database summary.

RAW camera support