How to Manage Image Files on Your Canon EOS 7D Mark II

By Doug Sahlin

By default, the images on your Canon EOS 7D Mark II are numbered continuously until 9999 and then the file number is reset to 0001. Your images are also stored in a single folder on your memory card. You can, however, create folders in which to store your images and then change the file-numbering method.

Creating folders

By default, your camera creates the 100EOS7D folder on your memory card where images are stored. You can, however, create as many folders as you want. A folder can hold a maximum of 9,999 images. When you exceed the maximum allowable images in a folder, a new one is created automatically. You can have a maximum of 999 folders on a card.

Organizing your work in folders is a good idea if you work with large memory cards and want to store images from multiple shoots in separate folders. To create a folder:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The menu appears on the LCD monitor.

  2. Press the Quick Control button to navigate to the Set Up tab, press the multi-controller button to navigate to the Set Up1 menu, and then Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight the Record Func+Card/Folder Sel option.

    The Record Func+Card/Folder Sel menu options display.

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  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight Folder and then press the Set button.

    The Select Folder menu appears showing you the current folders on the card and the number of photos in each folder.

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  4. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight Create Folder and press Set.

    The menu refreshes and a dialog appears asking you to confirm creation of the folder.

  5. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight OK and then press Set.

    The new folder is created.

Selecting a folder

Folders are convenient when you want to separate images from different photo shoots. When you have more than one folder, you can choose the folder to store your images. To select a folder:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The menu appears on the LCD monitor.

  2. Press the Quick Control button to navigate to the Set Up tab, press the multi-controller button to navigate to the Set Up1 menu, and then Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight the Record Func+Card/Folder Sel option.

    The Record Func+Card/Folder Sel menu options display.

  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight Select Folder and then press the Set button.

    The folders you’ve created display.

  4. Rotate the Quick Control dial again to highlight the desired folder and then press Set.

    The next images you shoot will be stored in that folder.

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Choosing a file-numbering method

Your camera automatically names and numbers each image you take. The name isn’t all that descriptive, and the numbers are consecutive. Some photographers stay with the default numbering system because it helps keep track of the number of shutter actuations. But your EOS 7D Mark II is rated for 200,000 shutter actuations so that’s a moot point. To change the file-numbering system:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The menu appears on the LCD monitor.

  2. Press the Quick Control button to navigate to the Set Up tab, press the multi-controller button to navigate to the Set Up1 menu, rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight File Numbering, and then press the Set button.

    A menu appears with your file-numbering options.

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  3. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight one of the following options:

    • Continuous: Numbers files in sequence, even when you insert a new card or store images in a different folder. Images are numbered to 9999 and then start over at 0001. When you use this option, start with a newly formatted card each time. If you use multiple cards that already have images on them, you may run into problems with duplicate filenames because file numbering may continue from the last image captured on the card. Duplicate filenames isn’t a good thing if you’re storing all your images in the same folder.

    • Auto reset: Numbers the first image with 0001 each time you insert the card in the camera or when images are stored in a new folder. This option works well if you store images from each shoot in their own folder when you download them to your computer, or rename the images when you download them to your computer.

    • Manual reset: Creates a new folder and resets the numbering to 0001 after you press the Set button. After manually resetting file numbering, the numbering system reverts to the last option you specified, Continuous or Auto Reset.

  4. After highlighting the desired option, press Set to commit the change.

    The file-numbering option remains in effect until you change it with this menu command.