To display the contents of folders in flat view, choose View > Show Items From Subfolders.
To navigate between files and folders, you can do one of the following:
Select a folder in the Folders panel. Press the Down arrow and Up arrow keys in the Folders panel to navigate the directory. Press the Right arrow key to expand a folder. Press the Left arrow key to collapse a folder.
Select an item in the Favorites panel.
Click the Go To Parent Or Favorites button or Reveal Recent button in the application bar and choose an item.
Tip: To reveal a file in the operating system, select it and choose File > Reveal In Explorer (Windows) or File > Reveal In Finder (Mac OS).
Click the Go Back button or Go Forward button in the application bar to navigate between recently visited folders.
Double-click a folder in the Content panel to open it.
Tip: Ctrl-double click (Windows) or Command-double click (Mac OS) a folder in the Content panel to open that folder in a new window.
Drag a folder from Windows Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS) to the path bar to go to that location in Adobe Bridge.
Drag a folder from Windows Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS) to the Preview panel to open it. In Mac OS, you can also drag a folder from the Finder to the Adobe Bridge icon to open it.
Click an item in the path bar to go to it.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) an item in the path bar to turn on folder “cruising.” Folder cruising allows you to see and go to the subfolders of the selected item. You can also click a right-pointing arrow in the path bar to cruise the subfolders of the preceding item.
Drag an item from the Content panel to the path bar to go to that location.
Click the last item in the path bar to edit the path. To return to the icon mode, press Esc.
(Mac) When trying to navigate to the drive location of services, such as Dropbox and iCloud, in Bridge — make sure that the user library folder is accessible. The user Library folder is hidden by default in Mac OS X 10.7 and later releases. To access content in the Library folder, see Can't see user library files in Mac OS X 10.7 and later.
Show or hide the path bar by choosing Window > Path Bar.
You can specify that Adobe Bridge display folders and subfolders in one continuous, “flat” view. Flat view displays the entire contents of a folder, including its subfolders, so you don’t have to navigate the subfolders.
If you don't want to view the contents of the subfolders anymore, do the following:
You can open files from Adobe Bridge, even files that were not made with Adobe software. When you use Adobe Bridge to open a file, the file opens in its native application or the application you specify. You can also use Adobe Bridge to place files in an open document in an Adobe application.
Choose File > Open.
Press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS).
Press Ctrl+Down arrow key (Windows) or Command+Down arrow key (Mac OS).
Double-click the file in the Content panel.
Choose File > Open With, followed by the name of the application with which to open the file.
Drag the file onto an application icon.
Choose File > Open In Camera Raw to edit the camera raw settings for the file.
See Import from device on Mac OS 10.11.x for details.
Selecting the application to open a specific file type affects only those files that you open using Adobe Bridge and overrides operating system settings.
Choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Adobe Bridge > Preferences (macOS), and click File Type Associations.
Click the name of the application (or None) and click Browse to locate the application to use. You can also use the Search option to jump to the extension or application that you are looking for.
To reset the file type associations to their default settings, click Reset To Default Associations.
To hide any file types that don’t have associated applications, select Hide Undefined File Associations.
When you browse and select an app to open the file, Bridge allows you to select whether you want to open the file with this app only once or always. Selecting Always sets the association for that file type.
(Mac) When trying to navigate to the drive location of services, such as Dropbox and iCloud, in Bridge — make sure that the user Library folder is accessible. The user Library folder is hidden by default in Mac OS X 10.7 and later releases. To access content in the Library folder, see Can't see user library files in Mac OS X 10.7 and later.
You can search for files and folders with Adobe Bridge by using multiple combinations of search criteria. You can save search criteria as a smart collection, which is a collection that stays up to date with files that meet your criteria.
(Optional) Select Include Non-Indexed Files to specify that Adobe Bridge search uncached and cached files. Searching uncached files (in folders that you have not previously browsed in Adobe Bridge) is slower than searching cached files.
Use the Quick Search field in the application bar to find files and folders in Adobe Bridge. Quick Search lets you search using either the Adobe Bridge search engine or Windows Desktop Search (Windows) or Spotlight (Mac OS). The Adobe Bridge engine searches filenames and keywords. Operating system engines look for filenames, folder names, and image keywords. Adobe Bridge search looks within the currently selected folder and all subfolders, including My Computer (Windows) and Computer (Mac OS). Operating system search engines look in the currently selected folder or in My Computer (Windows) and Computer (Mac OS).
Labeling files with a certain color or assigning ratings of zero (0) to five stars lets you mark many files quickly. You can then sort files according to their color label or rating.
For example, suppose you’re viewing many imported images in Adobe Bridge. As you review each new image, you can label the images you want to keep. After this initial pass, you can use the Sort command to display and work on files that you’ve labeled with a particular color.
You can label and rate folders and files.
You can assign names to labels in Labels preferences. The name is then added to the file’s metadata when you apply the label. When you change names of labels in preferences, any files with the older label appear with white labels in the Content panel.
When you view folders, Adobe Bridge shows both labeled and unlabeled files until you choose another option.
To label files, do any of the following:
To rate files, select one or more files and do any of the following:
In the Content panel, select a thumbnail to view the rating icons. If necessary, scale the thumbnails until the icons appear. Click the star icon on the basis of number of stars you want to assign to a file. Click the unrate icon () to remove rating of any file. For a selected thumbnail, you can also click a filled star to remove its rating. (In the List view, make sure that the Ratings column is visible.)
Select Label from the menu bar. To add or remove one star, choose Label >Increase Rating or Label > Decrease Rating. To remove all stars, choose Label >No Rating. To add a Reject rating, choose Label > Reject or press Alt+Delete (win) or Option+Delete (mac). To hide rejected files in Adobe Bridge, choose View > Show Reject Files.
By default, Adobe Bridge sorts files that appear in the Content panel by filename. You can sort files differently by using the Sort command or Sort By application bar button.
Control which files appear in the Content panel by selecting criteria in the Filter panel. The Filter panel displays the number of items in the current set that have a specific value, regardless of whether they are visible. For example, by glancing at the Filter panel, you can quickly see how many files have a specific rating or keyword.
Criteria that appear in the Filter panel are dynamically generated depending on the files that appear in the Content panel and their associated metadata or location. For example, if the Content panel contains audio files, the Filter panel contains artist, album, genre, key, tempo, and loop criteria. If the Content panel contains images, the Filter panel contains such criteria as dimensions, orientation, and camera data such as exposure time and aperture value. If the Content panel displays search results or a collection with files from multiple folders, or if the Content panel displays flat view, the Filter panel contains a Parent Folder that lets you filter the files by the folder where they’re located.
Specify that Adobe Bridge show or hide folders, rejected files, and hidden files (such as cache files) in the Content panel by choosing options from the View menu.
Select criteria in the same category (for example, file types) to display files that meet any of the criteria. For example, to display both GIF and JPEG files, select GIF Image and JPEG File beneath File Type.
Select criteria across categories (for example, file types and ratings) to display files that meet all the criteria. For example, to display GIF and JPEG files that have two stars, select GIF Image and JPEG File beneath File Type and two stars beneath Ratings.
Tip: Shift-click rating criteria to select that rating or higher. For example, Shift-click two stars to display all files that have two or more stars.
Select categories from the Filter panel menu.
Tip: Select Expand All or Collapse All from the Filter panel menu to open or close all filter categories.
Alt-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac OS) to inverse selected criteria. For example, if you’ve selected GIF Image beneath File Type, Alt-click GIF Image to deselect it and select all the other file types listed.
Note: If you filter a closed stack, Adobe Bridge displays the stack only if the top (thumbnail) item meets the filter criteria. If you filter an expanded stack, Adobe Bridge displays all files in the stack that meet the filter criteria of the top file.
Select the files or folders and choose Edit > Copy.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the files or folders, choose Copy To, and select a location from the list (to specify a different location, select Choose Folder).
Ctrl-drag (Windows) or Option-drag (Mac OS) the files or folders to a different folder.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac OS) the files, choose Move To, and select a location from the list (to specify a different location, select Choose Folder).
Drag the files to a different folder in the Adobe Bridge window or in Windows Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac OS).
Note: If the file you’re dragging is in a different mounted volume than Adobe Bridge, the file is copied, not moved. To move a file to a different mounted volume, Shift-drag (Windows) or Command-drag (Mac OS) the file.
Select the files or folders and click the Delete Item button .
Select the files or folders and press Ctrl+Delete (Windows) or Command+Delete (Mac OS).
Select the files or folders and press Delete, and then click Delete in the dialog box.
Bridge lets you perform the following operations:
The table below explains how you can cut, copy, or move files across Bridge and File Explorer or Finder.
Copy from File Explorer or Finder to Bridge
In File Explorer, right-click the files or folders you want to copy to Bridge and choose Copy. Alternatively, press Ctrl + C.
In Bridge, choose Edit > Paste or press Ctrl + V.
In Finder, right-click the files or folders you want to copy to Bridge and choose Copy or press Command + C.
In Bridge, choose Edit > Paste or press Command + V.
Copy from Bridge to File Explorer or Finder
In Bridge, select the files or folders you want to copy and choose Edit > Copy or press Ctrl + C.
In File Explorer, right-click anywhere and choose Paste or press Ctrl + V.
In Bridge, select the files or folders you want to copy and choose Edit > Copy or press Command + C.
Cut or move from File Explorer or Finder to Bridge
In File Explorer, right-click the files or folders you want to move to Bridge and choose Cut or press Ctrl + X.
In Bridge, choose Edit > Paste or press Ctrl + V.
In Finder, right-click the files or folders you want to move to Bridge and choose Copy.
In Bridge, right-click in the Content panel while holding down the Option key to enable the Move option. Click Move. Alternatively, press Option + Command +V.
Cut or move from Bridge to File Explorer/Finder
In Bridge, select the files or folders you want to move and choose Edit > Cut or press Ctrl + X.
In File Explorer, right-click anywhere and choose Paste or press Ctrl + V.
In Bridge, right-click the folders you want to move, choose Move To, and choose the desired folder.
Alternatively, you can first copy your files. Then, in Finder, hold down Option and choose Move from the context menu or press Option + Command +V.
You can rotate the view of JPEG, PSD, TIFF, and camera raw images in Adobe Bridge. Rotating does not affect the image data; however, rotating an image in Adobe Bridge may rotate the image view in the native application as well.
Choose Edit > Rotate 90° Clockwise, Rotate 90° Counterclockwise, or Rotate 180°.
Click the Rotate 90° Clockwise or Rotate 90° Counterclockwise button in the application bar.
Camera raw files contain unprocessed picture data from a camera’s image sensor. Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw software, available in Adobe Bridge if you have Adobe Photoshop or Adobe AfterEffects installed, processes camera raw files. You can also process JPEG (.JPG) or TIFF files by opening them in Camera Raw from Adobe Bridge.
Use Adobe Bridge to copy and paste settings from one file to another, to batch process files, or to apply settings to files without opening the Camera Raw dialog box.