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Finding media files using Timeline

  1. Elements Organizer User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. What is Elements Organizer?
    2. What's new in Elements Organizer
    3. System requirements | Elements Organizer
    4. Workspace basics
    5. Importing media in bulk
    6. Using Elements Organizer and Adobe Premiere Elements together
  3. Workspace and workflow
    1. Workspace basics
    2. View and share auto-created collages, slideshows, and more
    3. Use Media view to manage photos and videos
    4. Keys for editing photos
    5. Keys for finding photos
    6. Keys for viewing photos
    7. Using Elements Organizer and Adobe Premiere Elements together
    8. Selecting country or region
  4. Importing media files
    1. Importing media from cameras and card readers
    2. Importing media in bulk
    3. Importing media from iPhoto library (Mac OS only)
    4. Importing photos from scanners (Windows only)
    5. Importing media from files and folders
  5. Viewing and fixing media files
    1. Use Media view to manage photos and videos
    2. View video and full-screen images
    3. Grouping photos in version sets
    4. Fixing photos in Elements Organizer
    5. Fixing photos and videos using other applications
    6. Auto-curate your best photos
  6. Marking places, faces, and events
    1. Adding and managing place (location) data
    2. Marking faces and organizing media in People view
    3. Adding and managing event data
    4. Creating event stacks using Smart Events
  7. Managing catalogs, folders, and albums
    1. Creating albums and album categories
    2. Editing albums and album categories
    3. Create and edit catalogs in Elements Organizer
    4. Back up or restore catalogs | Elements Organizer 2018
    5. Tag your media
    6. Using Smart Tags
    7. Creating and editing Saved Searches
    8. Back up or restore catalogs | Elements Organizer 15 and earlier versions
    9. Troubleshooting catalog issues
  8. Searching photos and videos
    1. Using Enhanced Search
    2. Using the Find menu
    3. Finding media files by keyword tags
    4. Search options to find media
    5. Searching for media files
    6. Finding media files using Timeline
  9. Creating photo projects
    1. Elements Organizer projects overview
    2. Slideshows
    3. Creating photo calendar
    4. Creating slide shows (Windows only) | Elements 12
  10. Creating video projects
    1. Create instant movies and video stories
    2. Viewing video projects
  11. Printing, sharing, and exporting
    1. Printing photos
    2. Sending photos and media files by email
    3. Email photos as PDF file
    4. Share videos
    5. Export photos
    6. Share photos using online services
    7. Set e-mail preferences

Learn how you can find your media files using Timeline in Elements Organizer.

Elements Organizer automatically organizes all of your media files in the Media view Timeline, even if the media files are not tagged. The Timeline is divided into months and years—you can view images from a particular month and year by clicking that month in the Timeline. For viewing images from a particular month or year, use the End point markers. If you click on any bar in timeline, the first image belonging to that bar which represents a month on timeline is highlighted with a green bounding box.

The height of each bar in the Timeline is proportional to the number of files in each month, based on date, or batch. You can also select a range of time in the Timeline to display media files taken or scanned within that range.

When you hold the pointer over a bar in the Timeline, a tool tip appears which shows month corresponding to the bar. If you hover mouse on either of the End point markers then tooltip shows its range (month and year corresponding to current location of end point marker).

When you apply a search, the timeline shows all bars, but only those bars are enabled that correspond to media shown in grid. All other bars are disabled.

Choose View > Timeline to display the Timeline. Alternatively, use Ctrl + L (Windows) or Command + L (Mac OS). Timeline is only available in media view. For all other views timeline will not be shown and View >Timeline option is disabled.


Timeline is only available in media view. For all other views, timeline is not displayed and View >Timeline option is disabled.

Using the Timeline

A. Timeline arrow B. Darker area indicating photos out of set range C. End point markers D. Date marker E. Timeline bar F. Tool tip identifying bar range 

You can use the Timeline with keyword tags, albums, or folders to refine searches. For example, to find pictures of Courtney taken over a span of time, search using the Courtney keyword tag. Click any month in the Timeline containing media files of Courtney, and drag the end point markers to see the media which was shot or scanned in the specified duration.

A partially blank bar in the Timeline indicates that you have media files that are not currently in the search results.

When you apply any search be it album/tag/folder/advanced search/full text search, then timeline shows all bars. But only those bars are enabled, corresponding to which media is shown in grid. All other bars will be shown in disabled state.

View and find media files using the Timeline

  1. Make sure that the Timeline is visible. If necessary, choose View > Timeline.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • Use the arrows at the ends of the Timeline to navigate to the part of the Timeline that you want to search.
    • Click a bar in the Timeline, or drag the date marker to the bar to view the first media file relating to that bar.
    • Drag the Timeline end-point markers to view a range.
    • Choose View > Set Date Range. Type both a start date and end date to specify the range you want to view, and click OK. To reset the date range, choose View > Clear Date Range.
    • Elements Organizer displays media files within the set range. You can drag the end-point markers to refine your range.
    Using View > Set Date Range to set a date range.


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