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For some people, the most intuitive way to find particular photos is by date. You might remember the year and the season when you shot some photos you're looking for, but not the exact day. The Timeline can help with that. To use the Timeline, you should be in Thumbnail view and then to make the Timeline visible, I will go up to the Window menu and I will choose Timeline. The Timeline is a bar chart that extends across the top of the Media Browser. The left side of the bar chart represents the date you shot the oldest photos in your catalog. And on the right, the chart represents the latest date on which you shot photos in this catalog.
And each of these bars is a month in which you shot some photos. The height of the bar represents the relative number of photos that you shot that month. To see the photos taken in a particular month in the Media Browser, I will grab this marker and I'll drag it over one of those bars. And then for just a few seconds, the latest shot that I took that month is highlighted in blinking green, and that tells you where to look in the Media Browser to see those photos. If I want to limit the date range for which I'm seeing photos in the Media Browser, I can do that using these sliders on the right and on the left.
So if I want to see just the photos that I took in 2009 and 2010, I'll drag the right slider over to the end of 2010 and I will drag the left slider over to the beginning of 2009, and that's pretty much it. This is just a simple but very useful way to find your photos by approximate date.
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