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There are three ways to remove a photo from display in your Organizer: you can delete the photo from the Organizer, you can temporarily hide it from Display in the Organizer, or you can delete it from your computer and the Organizer altogether. It's important to understand the differences between these methods so you don't permanently delete a photo from your hard drive by mistake. Here is a photo of a bonfire that has no real significance for me, and I really don't want it cluttering up my Organizer. So I would like to delete it for the Organizer, but I want to leave it where it's located on my computer.
That way I'll have the option to re- import it into the Organizer in the future if I need a photo of fire, perhaps for a photo composite. So I'll select the photo, and then I will go up to the Edit menu and I will choose Delete from Catalog. This window tells me that I'm about to delete the selected item from this Organizer catalog. It's important that I don't also check Also delete selected item from the hard disk. So with that unchecked, I will click OK. The photo of the bonfire is now gone from my Organizer, but it's still in the same location that it's always been on my hard drive.
So if I wanted to bring that bonfire photo back into the Organizer later, I could do that at the same way that I showed you in earlier movies about importing a photo from your computer to the Organizer. I would to up to the File menu, I'd choose Get Photos and Videos > From Files and Folders, and then I would navigate to that bonfire photo on my computer. Now here's another photo that I want to delete not only from the Organizer, but from my computer altogether. This one is just too blurry to keep.
So I will select it here in the Organizer and then I will go up to the Edit menu, and again I'll choose Delete from catalog, and in the same window I'll put a check mark next to Also delete selected item from the hard disk, and then I'll click OK. That gray photo is now gone from my Organizer and if I were to go out to my hard drive, I would see that it's no longer in the folder where it was located on the hard drive. You want to be careful about using this method so that you don't delete a photo from your computer by mistake.
But if you do that, don't panic. You have one more chance to recover a photo that you delete this way. You will still be able to find that photo in your operating system's recycle cin or trashcan on a Mac, unless and until you empty that bin through the operating system. There is one more way to remove a photo from display in the Organizer, and that is to hide it temporarily. This method is useful when you're reviewing photos and you just want to get the duds out of the way temporarily. I have lots of photos of these luminaria that I took in Santa Fe on Christmas Eve.
As I review and narrow them down, I'd like to temporarily hide those that I think are rejects until I've made my final reviewing decisions. So I'm going to temporarily hide these two horizontal photos. I will select one and then I will hold the Shift key and click on the other to select two adjacent photos in the Media Browser. And then I'll go up to the Edit menu and down to Visibility. From there, I will choose to mark these two photos as hidden photos. This eye symbol on each of the photos masks these as photos I'd like to hide.
Now I need to tell the Organizer to hide these photos. So I will go back to the Edit menu, down to Visibility again, and I will choose Hide Hidden Files, and the two horizontal photos of luminaria are temporarily hidden from my Organizer. As I continue my review process, I may want to see those hidden files again, to give them a second pass. So I'll go up to the Edit menu, down to Visibility, and I will choose Show All Files, and that makes those two photos visible again in my Organizer.
You can see that they still have the mark of hidden files. If I now decide that I no longer want to hide this one, I will select it, I will go back to Edit > Visibility, and I will mark this selected file as a visible file. Now if I were to hide the hidden files again only this file on the far right, the one with the hidden icon, would disappear temporarily from view. So you don't have to keep every photo that you take in your Elements Organizer. Use one of the methods I have shown you here to remove unwanted photos from display in your Organizer and reduce the clutter.
But remember to always do that from inside the Organizer, rather than through your operating system, so that the Organizer is able to keep track of what you've done.
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