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Change the Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer Display

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

When you open the Organizer, the default view is a Thumbnail view. Your photos, videos, projects, audio files, and so on are shown with a mini image or icon that you can adjust to different sizes. On the Shortcuts bar, you can move a slider left to create smaller thumbnail views or right to create larger thumbnail views in the Organizer window.

The default Organizer view is like a slide sorter, and this view is one you’re likely to use in all your Elements work sessions. The Organizer provides an efficient means to access the photos you want to open in one of the editors. Just double-click a photo in the Organizer, and you see the image zoom in size to fill an Organizer window.

You can carefully examine the photo to be certain that it’s the one you want and then just select which editor you want to use from the Editor drop-down menu on the menu bar, from the contextual menu you open by right-clicking the image in the Organizer window, or by clicking the Fix button in the Panels Bin.

In addition to the default view in the Organizer, you can also view your pictures in a full screen mode, or side-by-side to compare them. You can access all the view options in the Display drop-down menu.


The Thumbnail view is one of many options for browsing photos and other files in the Organizer. A quick glance at the Display drop-down menu shows alternative views that are available to you. Besides changing the default Thumbnail view to a Folder Location view, the other options for changing the display include the following:

Import Batch view in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

Below the default option for Thumbnail view, you find Import Batch. Open the Display menu and then select Import Batch, or press Ctrl+Alt+2 (Command+Option+2 on the Macintosh) on your keyboard.

The display in the Organizer keeps the view set to thumbnails, but the order of your files changes to reflect the date you imported files with the Get Photos and Videos command. This view can be helpful if you want to organize images according to the dates you imported them.

Folder Location view in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

In Folder Location view, the view appears like a Windows Explorer view.

For Macintosh users, when you see a reference to a Windows Explorer type of view, this refers to a hierarchy of folders along the left side of the Elements window. On the Macintosh it’s a Finder List View. Where you see a right-pointing arrow, this indicates a collapsed folder. Click the arrow, and a nest of subfolders is revealed below the parent folder.

Date view in Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer

Choose Date View from the Display menu, or press Ctrl+Alt+D (Command+Option+A on the Macintosh), to change your Organizer window to a calendar showing you the dates your images were shot. The date information is derived from metadata imported with your images that were recorded by your camera.

If you shoot many pictures on a given date, the images are stacked on the calendar for that date. In the right panel, you find arrows that you can use to scroll the stacked images left or right, and a number appears in the lower-left corner of the image thumbnail in view.

Here, the numbers appear as 4 of 13; this tells you that on April 1, 2010 (the date at the top of the thumbnail), 13 photos were taken, and the current view is the fourth photo in the stacked order.


To return to the Organizer Media Browser view, click the binoculars icon or press Ctrl+Alt+O (the letter O, not zero) or Command+Option+O on the Macintosh. Alternately, you can click the Media Browser arrow icon that appears at the bottom of the window.

If you’re a previous Elements user, you may be looking for the commands Show Map and Place on Map. These features have been removed from Photoshop Elements 10. At the last hour of Adobe’s prerelease program, Yahoo! decided to discontinue Yahoo! maps. Placing photos on maps may be reintroduced in a later version of Elements, but it’s unavailable for Elements 10.