Learn how to import your media files and keywords in Elements Organizer.
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Note:

From Elements Organizer 14, the Import in Bulk feature has replaced the Import by Searching feature of previous releases. 

Elements Organizer makes it easy for you to import a large number of media files at one go. 

The intuitive, visual interface that the "Import in Bulk" feature provides makes it easy for you to select the folders from which you want to import media files. You can also preview your media files, select which folders or subfolders to import, and choose which keyword tags to import into Elements Organizer.

Launching the Import in Bulk interface

As part of the onboarding experience of Elements Organizer, the Import in Bulk feature is automatically launched when you run Elements Organizer for the first time or create a new catalog. 

You can also launch this feature anytime by selecting Import > In Bulk.

Automatic launch

The Import in Bulk feature is automatically launched when you launch Elements Organizer for the first time or when you create a new catalog. 

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Click Start Importing. The Import Files dialog box is displayed. By default, the "Pictures" (Mac OS) or "My Pictures" (Windows) folder is selected for import.

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To import your media files, click Import.

For more details, see the next section, Importing your media files.

Selecting Import > In Bulk

You can launch the Import in Bulk interface any time by selecting Import >In Bulk.

The Import Media dialog box is displayed. 

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To start importing your media files, click Import.

For more information, see the next section Importing your media files.

Importing your media files

  1. In the left pane of the Import Media dialog box, choose the folders from which you want to import the media files.

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    The intuitive, visual interface makes it easy for you to import a large number of media files from various folders.

    By default, Elements Organizer displays the My Pictures folder (Windows) or the Pictures folder (Mac OS). If any sub-folder contains one or more media files, the sub-folder is also displayed along with the files in it. 

    The number in the bottom right of the track (48 in the previous figure) shows the number of additional media files that are available for import in the folder but are not displayed on the track. To preview the complete list of all media files in a folder, click the arrow (>) mark at the bottom right of the track.

  2. By default all subfolders are selected. If you want to remove one ore more subfolder from getting imported, click the name of the subfolder. The blue highlight on the subfolder name gets removed, indicating that the media files in the subfolder will not be imported. 

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    Note:

    To see the folder name with the highlight removed, ensure that the mouse cursor is not over the name of the folder.

  3. To add another folder from which to import media files, click Add Folder. Navigate to the folder you want to add, and then click OK. 

    The following example shows a new folder, Photo Collateral. Notice that the subfolders inside the Photo Collateral folder (Thanksgiving 2014, Down memory lane 2010-15) are selected by default. 

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  4. To remove a folder from the list, select the folder and then click Remove.

  5. Once you have selected the folders and subfolders from which you want to import media files, click Import

    Elements organizer imports your media files from the folders and subfolders you have specified.

Importing keywords

If any keywords are associated with your media files, Elements Organizer prompts you to confirm whether you want to retain these keywords after the files are imported.

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Select the keywords in the media files that you want to import, and then click OK.

Replacing the keywords in media files while importing

You can also replace the keywords with other keywords of your choice. For example, you might want to replace "Depth of field" with a new keyword named "Perspective". Or, you might want to replace a keyword with one of the keywords (tags) that you created earlier, for example "Nature".

To replace keywords, click Advanced. The Import Attached Keyword Tags dialog box is updated to show options to replace keywords.

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You can change a keyword in any of the following ways:

Import as new keyword tag

To replace a keyword in your media files with a completely new keyword:

  1. Select the keyword name in the Keyword Tags column
  2. Select the radio button in the Import as New Keyword Tag Named column, and enter a new keyword name. 
  3. Click OK.

In the following example, the keyword tag "Too Bright" has been replaced with a new keyword "Overexposed".

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Use an existing keyword tag

To replace a keyword tag in your media files with a keyword tag that exists in Elements Organizer:

  1. Select the keyword in the Keyword Tags column (the first column).
  2. Select the corresponding radio button in the Use an Existing Keyword Tag column (the third column), and then select an existing keyword. 
  3. Click OK.
In the following example, the keyword "Delicious" has been replaced with the existing keyword "Food".
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Note:

The keywords in the dropdown menu show all existing keywords that you have created, plus the following keywords that are included by default in Elements Organizer:

  • Nature
  • Color
  • Photography
  • Other 

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