Use the powerful map integration of Elements Organizer to associate photos and videos with the places where they were taken. Organize and view your photos and videos based on the location.


This article covers the procedure for naming places in Elements Organizer 14. The corresponding article for Elements Organizer 13 is available at this link.

You can associate photos and videos with the places where they were taken. Elements Organizer maintains the location information and helps you find and organize these photos and videos.
Google Maps is integrated with Elements Organizer, so you can associate a photo or video with a place on the map by a simple drag-and-drop or by searching for the place. Elements Organizer adds a pin and displays the number of media files associated with the place.

If your photos and videos have GPS information, Elements Organizer automatically places them on the map in the correct location.

Use the Places view to displays and organize media files based on the location information.


An active Internet connection is required for the map functionality to work accurately.

Pinned and UnPinned tabs

Elements Organizer displays the media files that don’t have location data in the UnPinned tab of the Places view. Media files with location data (for example, photos that you have tagged manually or that were taken through a GPS-enabled device) are displayed in the Pinned tab in the Places view.

Viewing your media files before adding location information

After you have imported your media files, go to the UnPinned tab. All the media files that do not have location information are displayed here.

The Group by Time option is selected by default. This option organizes your photographs based on date/time, and makes it easier for you to add location information to media files created within a time range. For example, it makes it easier for you to organize photos that might have been taken on your birthday that you celebrated in Hawaii, as you can tag all photographs shot on your birthday with the location of Hawaii.

You can change the number of tracks displayed by moving the Number of Groups slider. Moving the slider to the left (toward Min) groups more media files together across the time these files were created. Thus, fewer number of tracks are displayed as you move the slider to the left. Similarly, a larger number of tracks are displayed when you move the slider to the right (toward Max). 

Adding location information to your media files

Elements Organizer provides you several easy ways in which to tag location for your media files.
Select the media files to which you want to assign a location, and then choose any of the following methods:

  • Search for and assign a location
  • Use the Add Location button
  • Drag and drop media files to the map

Search for and assign a location

Select the media files that you want to assign to a location. Then, in the map, search for the location at which you want to place the selected media files. 


This method can be used only in the UnPinned tab. In the Pinned tab, searching for a location will only zoom the map view to that location. 

Use the Add Location button

You can use the Add Location button to search for and assign a location in the following ways.

Add a location to all images in a track

Make sure that you are in the UnPinned view with the Group by Time option selected. Adjust the Number of Groups slider to reach the desired track. Then, click the Add Location button on the track to place all images in that track on the map. 

Add a location to selected images from the UnPinned tab

You can add a location to a set of selected media files. These files can be from the same track or from different tracks.

In the UnPinned tab, select the images and then click the Add Location button on the Action panel.

Add a location to selected images from the Media view

  • In the Media view, select the images, and then click the Add Location button from the Action panel. 

Drag and drop media files to the map

In the map, simply drag media files to the location with which you want to associate them.

Viewing media files associated with a place

Click the Pinned tab to view your media files that have location information included (the ones that you tagged manually or the ones that have GPS information included).

In the Pinned view, the photographs are displayed in a stack, as shown in the previous image.

To display a larger view of the photographs, hover your mouse over the stack.

A. Hovering the cursor on the photograph or stack displays a detailed view B. To view the previous or the next photograph in the stack, click the < or the > symbol C. To fine-tune the location associated with the photograph, click Edit D. To view all the photographs associated with the location, click  

The number on the bottom right shows the number of the media files that are at the same location. To see all these media files, click the button that has the number and the > symbol.

Fine-tuning the location

To fine-tune the location of the media file, click the Edit button.

For example, you may have initially tagged all photographs as "San Francisco". You can later use the Edit button to fine tune the location to "Sausalito", "Golden Gate bridge", and so on.

Viewing stacks across zoom levels

As you zoom out in the Pinned view, multiple stacks that are at relatively nearby locations get combined into a single stack. For example, individual stacks at Belmont, Stoneham, and Brookline might be displayed as one stack called Boston. To view the individual stacks, zoom in to the map.  

Get location name for photographs with GPS information

If your media files include GPS information, they are displayed on the map but don't have place names associated with them.

To associate a place name with these files, hover over the stack and click the Get Location button.

Searching for a location in the map

You can also search for a location in the map. Media files in and around the location will be displayed on the map.

Providing a custom name to a location

You can replace the location tag of a media file with a custom name to better identify the location or to personalize the location tag. For example, you might want to change the location tag to “My office” or “My home”.

To create a Custom name, do the following:

  1. In the Pinned tab, hover over the media file to show the expanded view. Then, from the context menu, select Add a Custom Name.

    Alternatively, you can click the Custom Name button in the Action panel.

  2. In the dialog that appears, give a name of your choice to the media file.

    Once you create a custom tag, it appears in the list of Places tags in the Media view. You can then filter your media files using this tag, apply it to other media files that was created in the same location, and so on.


    Custom name only creates an alias for visible location map. You can zoom in or zoom out to arrive at the desired name for which you want to add a custom name.

Remove pin from media

To remove the pin (place) associated with a media file or stack, select it and then do one of the following:

  • Right-click on the file or the stack and select Remove Pin.
  • In the Pinned view, click the media file or the stack, and from the Action panel, select Remove

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