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You have some control over the order in which the photos appear in the grid in Media View, but you don't have complete control. Let me show you what you can do to reorder your photos here in Media View. And what I'm going to show you applies whether you are working with a folder of photos as I am, or whether you're working with your entire Catalog, as I could be if I clicked All Media up here. But I'm just going to stick with this folder. By default, photos in the Grid are arranged with photos from the latest shoot day first, at the top of the Grid, and photos from the oldest shoot day, down here at the bottom of the Grid.
And then, within each shoot day, photos are arranged by default with the oldest photo first and the newer photos to follow. Now, if you'd rather see your very newest photo first and your very oldest photo last, then there's a preference you can change. And that is to go to the Edit menu on Windows or the Adobe Elements Organizer eleven menu on a Mac, and from there, choose Preferences > General. In the General Preferences, change this radio button to show newest first within each day, and click okay.
And now, I have my very newest photo first and my very oldest photo last. There are also some options for changing the order of photos here in this Sort By menu on the top of the Grid. I can change this to Sort By Oldest rather than newest, or to Sort By Import Batch. And that divides the photos into batches according to the time and date on which I imported them into the Organizer. I'm going to go back to Sort By Newest, the default, because I want to show you one thing to watch out for.
If you have more photos in your Grid than it will appear in a single screen like this, then you'll have to use the Scroll bar when you change the Sort Order. Here's what I mean. I'm going to take the Zoom slider and zoom in so that some of these photos are off the screen. And then, I'm going to change the Sort Order from Newest to Oldest. That takes me down to the bottom of the grid. If I want to get back up to the top to see the oldest photos first, then I need to take the Scroll bar and scroll up to the top of the Grid. And to see all the photos again, I'll take my Zoom slider and I'll drag it over to the left.
A question I get a lot is whether you have the option to manually resort the photos to your liking here in the Grid, and the answer is no, at least when you're working in a folder like this or when you're working with your entire Catalog. But you can manually change the Sort Order of photos if you're working inside an album. Later in the course, I'll show you how to make albums and how to move photos around within an Album. And I'll even show you how you can make an instant album from a folder of photos like this one, for the very purpose of changing the order of its contents.
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