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Sorting Images in Windows 7

In the previous section, you learned how to add information to an image. In this section, you'll se what you can do with all this information. This comes under the topic of Sorting.

First, though, change your View slider from Tiles to Details:

Locate the View Slider

Select Details from the menu

When you arrange the window to Details view, your screen should look like this one:

Details view in Windows Explorer

We now have a list of images with the Name, Date, Tags, Size and Ratings showing. These headings can all be used to sort your images. Click on the Ratings, for example, and you'll see a dropdown box:

The Ratings dropdown box

You can choose to display only images with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. All you need to do is to check each box. The ones not checked will then be hidden:

Sort Images by Ratings

Here, we're choosing to display only 1 and 2 star images, perhaps with a view to deleting them. (To delete an image, right-click. From the menu that appears, select Delete. Or choose Rename to change the name of the image.) To view all your images again, uncheck the boxes.

Try clicking some of the other headings. Try a sort by Tags to see what happens.

If you want more choices right-click anywhere on the headings to see the following menu:

Image Headings

The ones we have displayed have a check mark next to them. Click an item on the list to either select or deselect it. In the image below, we have deselected the Size and Date and added the Dimensions instead:

Selecting headings for the Details view

And here's the result:

Sorted options

To see other sort options, select the More option from the menu. You should then see this dialogue box:

Sort options dialogue box

Scroll down to see a huge list of options you can choose from.


Arrange By options

Another way to sort you images is via the "Arrange by" dropdown list. Click the arrow to see the following:

The Arrange By menu in Windows 7

In the image below, we've chosen to arrange our images by Month:

Arrange by month

Play around with the various options on the menu and see what they do. Change it back to folders, if you want the Windows 7 default view.


Searching for Images

One good reason to add Tags to all your images is that it helps in a Windows search. In the example below, we've typed "York minster" into the search box on the Start menu:

Searching for an image by Tag

Notice that Windows has found all the images from our folder, even though none of the pictures was called "York minster": it found them because of the tags.


And that's it for images in Windows 7. We'll move on. In the next part, you'll learn how to take a screenshot and then manipulate it in Windows 7 Paint.


Taking Screenshots in Windows 7 -->

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