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Nikon D40 Playback Menu
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Nikon D40

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PLAYBACK MENU ("[ > ]" icon)

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How to Get Here

Press MENU, click to the left and then up to select the top "[ > ] " (play) icon. You'll then see PLAYBACK MENU at the top of the color LCD.

What it Does

It sets a few playback options.

What I Change

I leave it alone.


This is helpful if you want to delete all images while saving those you locked with the Key / AE-L AF-L button.

I don't use this. I do all my editing and selection in my computer and I do my in-camera deletions one-by-one with the trash can key.

Playback Folder

The camera can record to and play back from different folders.

CURRENT ignores photos in folders other than the one to which you're recording.

ALL shows you everything on the card. I leave my D40 set to ALL. It tends to reset itself to Current, meaning it won't play images made on a different camera if they are on your card.

Rotate Tall

This is Japanese for rotating the vertical shots on playback, presuming you've set Auto Rotate to ON in the Setup Menu.

It doesn't affect your images or files; it only changes how they are displayed on the D40.

Slide Show

This lets you amaze your friends with an exciting slide show on the tiny screen. I don't bother with this. I guess it's popular in Japan. Whoo hoo! Let's all watch a show on a 2.5" screen! You could plug the D40 into a TV or video projector, but video resolution is so bad everything will look awful.

Print Set

I never use this. I guess it's popular in Japan. This lets you mark images for printing if you sorted and then printed directly from your D40, and had a lab which could read this data.

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