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We're going to take a look at our Aperture library from a different view for just a moment. And the fact that you can actually switch among Aperture libraries is very easy to do. Now, before I show you to do that, though, I just want to remind you that my recommendation is that you try to work within one Aperture library as much as possible, because when you're searching for images, it's much easier to search within one library container. The Aperture tools search within the library, not across libraries.
So, one library is the way to go. Now, that being said, there could be instances where you do have more than one library. If you're traveling, for example, you may create a new library on your laptop, and when you get home, you want to switch to it and look at those pictures. I'm going to show you how to do that right now. You just go up to File, you go to Switch to Library, and you notice that I have a couple other libraries right here. I've opened those before. And to switch, for example, to the Danielle Portraits Library, I just click on it, and boom! Just like that, Aperture switches to this library. Now, this is a completely separate container.
And if I want to go back to my library that I was in before, same thing, here we go. And now I'm back to where we were before. Now, if your library doesn't show up in that original menu, you can hunt it down. Go to File > Switch to Library, now go to Other/New right here, and you get a dialog box. What Aperture will do is it will find all the libraries on your hard drive and on maybe even connected hard drives.
You may have some of those, it will find those also. Pick the library that you want from here, Choose and then it will switch just like that. So again, generally speaking, you want to work within one library. It makes a lot of sense for searching things like that; however, for those instances where you do end up with a couple libraries, very easy to switch among them. Aperture will find them as long as they're on the computer or on a drive connected to your computer.
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