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A lot of people don't realize that you can have more than one iPhoto library, and this is helpful for backing up, as I have talked about in previous movies, to keep your libraries from getting too big, or if you want to move libraries around. Let me show you how this works. So right now, we are in the iPhoto library that we have been using for this training, iPhoto 11 Essential Training. I'm going to quit iPhoto. Now, I'm going to go down to the dock and I am going to hold down the Option key and launch iPhoto again.
I am holding down the Option key. Now, the library that we have been working with is this upgraded iPhoto '09 Library that we have upgraded to iPhoto '11. That's our working library. I have another library on here that I can switch to, or if you want, you can create a new library. So we'll do this a couple of times, so you can see both iterations. Let's go to-- let's switch libraries and let's go the other one right now and then you just hit Choose, and now we have a different iPhoto library.
And if I wanted to create a brand- new one, so I am going to quit iPhoto. We'll come back to iPhoto, hold down the Option key, launch, and now I am going to do Create New. We're going to give it a name. We'll call this the Final iPhoto library. It's like the last picture show, right. There we go, and click Save, and now we have a fresh new iPhoto library.
And let's say now that I want to go back to where we began. By the way, if you just quit iPhoto and then restart it, it will come back to the last library that's open. So, we'll quit it and now let's go back to where we began. We're going to hold down the Option key one more time, launch iPhoto, and here we are. So, you can have multiple iPhoto libraries and if you have libraries on a connected hard drive, when you use this method, those will also show up in that dialog and you can choose among them also.
They don't have to be right on the computer that iPhoto resides on. So, switching among iPhoto libraries, very easy, and if you want to create a new one, I think this is the way to do it also.
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