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There are seven sections.

Also go to Organizing Your Photographs and Deleting & Sorting.

In this section:

Windows & Mac

The Organizer is found in all Windows versions of Photoshop Elements, and in Mac versions starting with 9.0.

Mac versions of Photoshop Elements previous to 9.0 have Bridge.

Clean the House, First

Before you organize your photographs, you may want to find and delete duplicate photographs.

However, there's no automated way to do so.

Once possible duplicates are found by software, a human has to decide which one is the keeper.

Deleting duplicates requires judgment, which will take some time.

Therefore, you may want to leave the duplicates.

In the Organizer, open the search menu and select Duplicate Photo Search.


Also, go to Duplicates: Find & Delete.

Like a Card Catalog

The Organizer is like a card catalog.

The Organizer contains "cards," links to your photographs.

Your photographs are not located in the Organizer.

Your photographs are sitting in the "stacks," your folders in My Pictures or Pictures.

Once You Start Using the Organizer . . .

. . . use it for just about everything.

Use the Organizer to delete, rename, and move your files.

Don't go to My Pictures or Pictures and delete, rename, or move files between folders.

If you do, the Organizer won't know what you've done.

Summary of the Above Two Sections

If you understand what follows, you will save yourself a hassle later on.

Key Point #1

Your photograph files are in My Pictures or Pictures.

They are not in the Organizer.

Only the thumbnails are in the Organizer.

Key Point #2

If you go to My Pictures or Pictures, look but don't touch.

Don't delete, rename, or move files and folders while looking in My pictures or Pictures.

Only delete, rename, or move files and folders when in the Organizer.

Open the Organizer

You can open the Organizer from the welcome window.

Or, you can click the Organizer icon at the top of your screen.