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The Text Search feature in the Organizer is a very inclusive way to search, because it searches all the text associated with photos, like file names, captions, and keywords. For this movie, I've enabled Details and Show filenames in the View menu, so that I can see identifying information under each thumbnail in my Media Browser. I'm going to be searching in the selected folder, here in Folder Location view. If I were out in Thumbnail view, then my searches would apply to my entire catalog. I'll perform a simple text search by going up to the Search field in the bar at the top of the Organizer, clicking there, and typing a word.
I'm going to type "flower." And right away Elements returns the four photos in this folder that have the word "flower" in their file names. The files in this folder don't have much other text associated with them yet, so let's see what happens if we add a caption to a photo and if we add a keyword as well. When I'm done searching and I want to go back and see all the photos that I started with, it's important to remember to click the Show All button in the bar at the top of the Organizer. So, now I'm going to apply a caption to this photo. Notice that it doesn't have the word "flower" in its filename.
I'll select this photo, I'll up to the Edit menu, I'll go down to Add Caption, and I'll type "flower" in the Add Caption dialog box and click OK. And I'd like to add a keyword flower to this photo. So, I'll go over to the Keyword Tags panel, and as I've done before, I'll add a new keyword tag by clicking the Plus icon and choosing New Keyword Tag. I'll type "flower" as the name of the keyword tag and I'll specify a Category, the Other category, and click OK. Now to apply that flower keyword to the horizontal tulip photo, I'll click on the flower keyword tag and I'll drag it over, and drop on this photo, and then I'll click off of all the photos.
I'm going to do that flower search again, and I bet that this time Elements is going to return more photos than it did before. I'll type "flower" in the Search box and sure enough, Elements returns not only the photos with flower in their file names but also the photo with the keyword tag flower and the photo with the caption flower. Again, I'm going to click the Show All button to see all the photos that I started with. Even though this is called Text Search, you may be surprised to find that you can search by date using Text Search as well.
So, if I wanted to see all the photos in this folder that I took in the year 2009, I could click in the Search box and type 2009. Or I can search by a more specific date like month, day, and year. Again, I'll click Show All. Another thing you can do with Text Search is to use it as an alternative way to find photos by keyword tag. So, remember that I've added a keyword tag to this photo, the tag flowers. If I go into the Search box and I start typing "flowers," as soon as I type the first letter, I get a dropdown list of all of the keyword tags in my Keyword Tags panel that start within f. And if I add an L, there's the list of all my keyword tags that start with fl, and there is only one.
And then I can search by a keyword tag by selecting it from this dropdown from the Search box. So, if I click on this keyword tag here, it's another way to see all of the photos that have that keyword tag, and there is only one. Again, I'll click Show All. One more thing I can do with Text Search is to do a conjunctive search, searching on more than one term at a time. So, if I want to see all my flower photos from 2011, in the Text Search field, I'll type "flower" and then I'll type "and" and then I'll type "2011," and there are the results.
I'm going to click the Show All button one more time to view all my photos again, because I want to show you another feature of Text Search. You can save a Text Search query as a smart album, a subject that I covered earlier. As you know, smart albums automatically update themselves with new photos that meet the criteria that define the album. So, let's do a new search. This time I'm going to search for all photos that have the keyword tag flower and that were shot in 2011. So, I'll click in the text field and as you know, when I start typing letters, I get a list of my keyword tags.
So I'll type "fl," and then I'll select the flower keyword tag, and then I'll skip a space and type "and 2011." So, right now I have only one photo in this folder that meets both of those criteria. I'm going to save that search with its two criteria as a smart album. To do that, I'll go to the Options menu here in the bar beneath the Search field and I'll choose Save Search Criteria as Smart Album. I'll give the search criteria a name. I'll call this flower tag 2011, and I'll click OK. And there's my new smart album over in the Albums panel, in the Organize tab.
Anytime I want to see all the files that meet the criteria of having the keyword tag flower and were shot in 2011, all I have to do is click on this smart album. So, I'm going to go back and view all my photos by clicking Show All. And when I look at the dates here, I realize that I do have other photos of flowers that I shot in 2011. I am going to apply the keyword tag flower to one of those photos, this photo here of a Columbine flower. So, I'll get the keyword tag flower, I'll drag it on top of the Columbine photo, and now look what happens if I click on my flower tag 11 smart album.
It's a quick way to get to see all the photos that have the keyword tag flower and were shot in 2011, including this one, with which my smart album was automatically updated when I added that keyword tag. I'll finish up by clicking Show All again to go back to my folder of photos. So, a Text Search is more flexible than you may have imagined, and it's one of the best ways to find just the photo you're looking for.
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