How to Sort Photos in Photoshop Elements 9 - dummies

How to Sort Photos in Photoshop Elements 9

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

The Organizer in Photoshop Elements is a management tool you can use to organize, sort, search, and describe photos with identity information. In terms of sorting and organizing files, Elements provides many different options.

Using sort commands

One quick way to sort images in the Organizer is to use the menu in the Shortcuts bar in the Organizer window for date sorting. Two sorting options are available to you:

  • Date (Newest First): Select this option to view images according to the date you took the photos, beginning with the most recent date.

  • Date (Oldest First): This option displays photos in chronological order, starting with the oldest file.


You can also view files according to the Import Batch date and Folder Location. Under the Display menu, you have these options:

  • Import Batch: You might import a batch of photos in one Photoshop Elements session and import another batch in the same session or in another session. When you select Import Batch, the images appear organized in groups, according to the date the batch was created.

  • Folder Location: Click Folder Location to make an Explorer (Finder) pane appear on the left side of the Organizer window. You can browse your hard drive for folder locations and select a folder containing images you imported into the Organizer.


Sorting media types

Photos can also be sorted according to media type. Elements supports viewing photos, video files, audio files, projects, and Adobe PDF files. To select different media types, follow these steps:

  1. Choose View→Media Types.

    A submenu offers options for viewing the different media types.


  2. Select a menu item from the submenu.

    All media types matching the menu command appear in the Organizer window.