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The default layout of the Organizer is called Thumbnail view. For many people, this is the main view in which they will use the Organizer. For some, it's the only view. Others may find it useful to switch between this Thumbnail view and another popular view, a folder-based view called Folder Location view, which I will cover in the next movie. These two views have a lot of features in common, but there are a few differences between them, and that's what I want to focus on here. So here in the default Thumbnail view, you can see a thumbnail-sized copy of every photo that you've brought into this Organizer catalog.
It's important to understand that this is not a display of every photo on your hard drive, like your Finder shows you; it's just the photos that you've imported into Element's Organizer. In Thumbnail view, photo thumbnails can be displayed only by date. There is no way to sort the thumbnails by any other criteria. The only choices for ordering the thumbnails are here in the Sort menu and there are only two: Newest First and Oldest First, meaning newest capture date and oldest capture date. And you cannot change the order of thumbnails by trying to click and drag them around here in the Media Browser.
They're fixed in place and displayed by date only. As you take more and more digital photos, your collection of thumbnails here is going to get very large. If you need more room to view the photos, you can collapse the Task pane over on the right to the edge of the screen, by clicking on its inner border and dragging like this. To see more of your thumbnails, you can use the scrollbar which is on the right side of Media Browser, or you can click on a thumbnail and then use the arrow keys on your keyboard, the right arrow key to go in this direction and the left arrow key this way.
Most of the controls and the bars at the top of the screen aren't unique to Thumbnail view. The menu bar, the Search field, the sizing controls all work the same way here in Thumbnail view as they do in Folder Location view. The Task pane is pretty much the same too, except that when you have your Media Browser expanded like this and you click on a different tab, the Media Browser goes back to occupy just part of the Organizer so that you can see the controls in the Task pane on the right.
In either Thumbnail view or Folder Location view, you can choose whether or not to see identifying information under a photo thumbnail. And that's done from the View menu. But before I go there to enable dates or file names under each photo thumbnail, I need to make the thumbnails big enough that I will be able to see that. So I will click and drag the Sizing slider over to the right, and then I will go up to the view menu and I will select Details, and that will show me the date and time that the photo was captured.
If I want to see the file names too, in the View menu, I need to enable not only Show File Names, but also Details. And there is the file name underneath the date and time of capture. The main thing that makes Thumbnail view unique is that it shows you everything-- all your photo thumbnails--and I think that's both its upside and its downside. It's often useful to have one place to go to scroll through all of your photos. On the other hand, because there's no real way to group the thumbnails here, apart from using the organizing features like albums and keyword tags, it can be difficult to get quickly to the particular photos.
A good example is the exercise files for this course. I've asked you to switch over to Folder Location view when you trying to access particular exercise files because the exercise files are organized into folders, and for most people, it is easier to find things by folder. So if you do want to switch to Folder Location view, where do you do that? From the Display menu up here at the top-right of the Organizer. From here, you can access not only Folder Location view, but Import Batch view, which displays the photo thumbnails in the order in which they were imported; Date view, which we will look at; and a Full Screen and Compare views, which I will cover too.
And in the very next movie, I will be focusing on Folder Location view.
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