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Another way that lots of us think of our photos is by the dates on which they were taken. If you have a general idea of when you took particular photos and you want to find those from all the photos in your catalog, you can quickly get to a particular time period during which you took photos using the Timeline. I'll open the Timeline here in Media View by clicking the View menu and choosing Timeline. The Timeline is the bar across the top of Media View. The dates that you see under the Timeline are the years in which photos were taken that are in this catalog.
And the bars represent months within those years. So, this bar represents May of 2012. The height of a particular bar indicates the relative number of photos that were taken that month. And if you want to quickly get to that month to see the photos taken then, just click one of those bars. So when I click May of 2012, that moves the grid to the first photo in the sort order taken that month. For just a second, there is a green border around that photo and the date under the thumbnail will blink. And then that would all disappear and there would just be a blue border around that thumbnail. And you will find the other photos taken that month next to this one here in the grid.
The other thing you can do with the Timeline is narrow the date range of photos that are displayed in the grid. So if am looking for photos that I think I took some time in late 2010 or early 2011, I'll use these brackets on the side of the Timeline. I'll go to the bracket on the left and I'll drag it over to somewhere in late 2010, and then I'll get the bracket on the right and drag that over to a month in early 2011. And that narrows down the photos that I can see here in the grid, and that will help me to find just the photo I was looking for.
So the Timeline comes in really handy when you have a general idea of when you took the particular photos that you're searching for and you just want to narrow things down so you can find those photos.
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