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The date and time an image was captured usually comes into your Organizer automatically with your photos. The Organizer uses that date and time information to arrange the order in which photos are displayed here in the Media Browser. And the date can come in handy as a way to find particular photos, as you have seen in other movies. But in some cases the date and time on a photo in the Organizer may not reflect the actual capture date of the photo. That could be because of the way your digital camera is set or it might be that you scanned a photo so the photo would come into the Organizer with the scan date rather than the date the photo was shot.
Here's how you can change a photo's date and time manually in the Organizer. First, if you don't see the date and time under photos in the Media Browser, go up to the View menu and toggle on Details. The first photo here is one that I scanned. I scanned it on December 29, 2011. But I know that I took this photo many years ago. In fact, if I zoom in on this photo by dragging the Size slider over to the right, you can see the date on which I took this photo imprinted right on the photo. This was done by my film camera years ago, and then I scanned the photo, as I said.
So I want to change the date on the photo in the Organizer to August 10, 1990. I will click on this photo to make sure it's selected, and then I will go up to the Edit menu and I'll choose Adjust Date and Time. In this dialog box, I am going to go with the first option, Change to a specified date and time. I will click OK and in the next dialog box that opens, I will set the Year, Month and Date to the date on which I took this photo. I am going to click and drag over the Year and type in 1990, and then I can choose the Month and the Day from these dropdown menus.
If I knew the time at which I shot the photo, I could enter it in this field, but of course I don't know what time I shot this photo years ago, so I will click Unknown and that will remove the time altogether from the time and date stamp down here. And then I will click OK. And as you can see the date of this photo has been changed to August 10, 1990. I am going to zoom back out to see the other photos I have here. The Date and Time stamp are just one minute apart on these photos because I shot a lot of photos in succession.
So this one is reported as being shot at 4:21 PM and this one at 4:22. Imagine that you have a lot of photos like this and you want to change the time on all of them. All you have to do is set one time for the first photo and the others will change automatically. Here's how that's done. I am going to click on the first of these photos to select it and Shift+Click on the second to select that one too. And then I will go to the Edit menu and I will choose Adjust Date and Time of Selected Items.
Here I could choose to shift by a set number of hours. This would be a good choice if the time under the photos was incorrect because I had shot with my camera set for a different time zone. To show you what's there, I will click that and click OK and you can see that here I could adjust the time on the selected photos ahead or back by a particular number of hours. I am going to cancel out of that so I can show you another choice in that menu. So again, I will go to Edit > Adjust Time and Date of Selected Items. And I can get more specific about the time of the first photo in this set by choosing Shift to new starting date and time, and then clicking OK.
So here, I could change the Year, Month or Day--those are correct in this case, so I'll leave them as is-- and then I can come down to the Time menu. I think that I shot these photos in the morning, starting at about 10 AM. So I'll click in the Hour field, and then I will use these arrows to set the hour to 10. I will click in the Minute field and I will use the arrows to set the minutes to 0. And I will click in the PM field and use the arrows to change that to AM. And that will change the time of the first photo in this sequence to 10 AM.
So I will click OK and as you can see, that's what happened. The Organizer now lists this photo as having been taken at 10 AM. What's really interesting is that this photo down here, which was taken a minute later, has automatically been shifted to 10:01 AM. So you can imagine that this would be a real timesaver if you have to change the time or the date of lots of photos that you took in sequence at once.
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