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From time to time you may want to change the order in which thumbnails are displayed. Either in a folder where I'm working now, or in your entire catalog. You do have some control over sort order, but what you can't do in Media View is select a photo and drag it wherever you want it in the sort order here. In other words you can't sort manually in Media View. If you want to do that. Then you'll have to make a virtual album of your photos, and you'll be able to sort them any you want inside of an album. I'll show you how to make an album later in the course. But here in Media View, how can you change sort order? You're limited to what you can do in the sort by menu at the top of the Organizer.
The Sort By menu is set to newest by default, and that doesn't mean that the newest photo is at the top of the grid. And the oldest photo at the bottom. What it means is that the newest shoot day is at the top of the grid, and then within a shoot day, thumbnails are displayed with the oldest thumbnail from that shoot day, moving down to the newest thumbnail from that shoot day. Here for example, all the photos taken in the daytime, we took on the 19th of June. This is the first photo we took on the 19th of June. This is the last photo on the 19th of June.
This is the first photo we took the night before on the 18th of June, and this is the last photo that we took on the 18th of June. Now if it makes more sense to you to have all the photos displayed chronologically, then there's a preference that you can change here in the Organizer. The Organizer has its own preferences separate from the Editor preferences. To get to the Organizer preferences on a PC, you go up to the Edit menu, and then go down to Preferences, and choose the General Preferences. If you're on a Mac, go to your Elements Organizer menu at the top of the screen, and then go to Preferences General.
Here you can see that by default. Thumbnails are displayed with the oldest first within each day and that's why we see the behavior that I just showed you. I'm going to change that to show the newest first within each day and I'll say OK. And now, when Sort By is set to its default of Newest, I get my very newest photo at the top of the grid. This one was taken at the end of the day. On the 19th of June and my very oldest folder at the bottom of the grid. This one is the first one we took the night before on 6 18.
That makes more sense to me, but if you'd just rather leave your sort order at its default you're welcome to do that. There are some other sorting options in the Sort By menu to explore. You can sort by oldest shoot day. You can sort photos by File name and you can sort by the day on which you imported photos to your catalog. So at the top you see the batch of three photos that I most recently imported. And below that the preceding batch of photos that I imported. Now, one thing to keep in mind is that, if you happen to be zoomed in so far that you can't see all your photos in the grid and then you change the sort order.
So lets go back to Newest, you may not see the photos in the order you expect. For example, I now would expect to see my newest photo in the grid. But, I don't see my news photos. These were the photos taken on the 18th of June. To see the newest photos, I have to get the scroll bar and scroll all the way back up to the top of the grid. And, there's my newest photo. So, those are some techniques and tips for controlling the order in which thumbnails are displayed in Media View.
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