18. Sort Items
Before You Begin
2 Perform an Initial Scan for Media
19 Stack Images
27 Attach a Marker to an Item
41 Find Items with Similar Color
The thumbnails that appear in the photo well are laid out in some kind of order, from left to right, and then top to bottom. By default, the newest photo in the well appears in the upper-left corner. You can change this sort order very easily, and you might find yourself re-sorting the catalog quite oftenespecially when you're working to organize and make better sense of several hundred or more digital images, movies, and audio files freshly imported from your camera or hard disk.
The Organizer does not sort its thumbnails in the photo well by filename because the filenames of digital images tend to be rather generic (for instance, DSC00425.JPG). Instead, the Organizer sorts its thumbnails generally by file date.
If you scan a photo, the file date shows the date the image was scanned and not when the photo was actually taken. For this reason, you'll want to adjust the file date of all your scans so that the scans appear with other images taken around that same time. See 23 Change Image Date and Time.
You can also sort items by selecting the appropriate command from the View, Arrangement submenu.
Sort by Date (Newest First)
In the Organizer, select Date (Newest First) from the Photo Browser Arrangement list on the Options bar. This option arranges items by file date, with newer images and other media appearing at the top. This is how items are normally arranged in the photo well.
Or Sort by Date (Oldest First)
Select Date (Oldest First) from the Photo Browser Arrangement list on the Options bar. This option arranges items within the photo well in reverse date order, with older items appearing near the top.
Or Sort by Import Batch
Select Import Batch from the Photo Browser Arrangement list on the Options bar. This option arranges items into groups based on their import date. A gray bar appears at the top of each import batch, containing the date the batch was imported, and the general location (CD or hard disk for example) of the items in that batch. To select all the items in a batch, click the gray bar above that batch.
While displaying items by Folder Location, you can automatically create a tag with a folder's name and assign that tag to all the items in that folder. For example, if you have items in a folder called Vacation 2005, you can create a tag called Vacation 2005 and add that tag to all the items in the folder. Just click the Instant Tag button, located at the right end of the gray bar above a folder group. In the Create and Apply New Tag dialog box that appears, select the Category in which you want to place the tag. Edit the tag Name and add a Note if desired, then click OK.
The most recently imported batch of items appears at the top of the photo well. Within each batch, items are arranged so that the oldest items appear first (the items with the oldest file date).
Or Sort by Location
Select Folder Location from the Photo Browser Arrangement list on the Options bar. This option arranges items into subgroups, each of which contains items located within the same folder on a hard disk, CD-ROM, or DVD. Items within each folder are arranged in date order (oldest first). A gray bar appears at the top of each folder group, containing the path to that folder. To select all the items in a folder group, click the gray bar above that group.
Along the left side of the window, you'll see a directory tree. Click the plus sign in front of a drive to display the folders on that drive. Offline media are listed by the description you used when you imported those items from the CD or DVD. (See 4 Import Media from a CD-ROM or DVD.) Click a folder name to instantly scroll to that folder in the photo well.
Some sort options (Color Similarity, Collection Order, Stack Order, and Version Set Order) are only available from the View, Arrangement menu. See 41 Find Images with Similar Color, 34 Find Items with the Same Marker, 19 Stack Images, and 47 About Saving Images.