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Using Keywords in iPhoto

TMO Quick Tip - Using Keywords in iPhoto

by , 7:30 AM EDT, March 16th, 2007

Keywords are a great way to help keep all of the picture you store in iPhoto organized. You can quickly narrow down a long list of images to just what you want - as long as you remember to assign keywords ahead of time. Here's how:

  • Click the keyword button in the lower left corner of the iPhoto window. That displays your keyword list.
  • Drag images from your iPhoto library onto a keyword. Dragging the same images onto another keyword lets you assign multiple keywords to those pictures.


Dragging photos onto keywords links them together.

To view images based on keywords do this:

  • Select your iPhoto library or an album from the Source list.
  • Click the keyword button if your keywords aren't visible.
  • Click a keyword, or Shift-click multiple keywords to display the associated images. Clicking a highlighted keyword deselects it.


Select a keyword to view the associated images.

If the default keyword list doesn't suit your needs, go ahead and change it.

  • Choose iPhoto > Preferences.
  • Select the Keywords tab.
  • Click the plus button to add new keywords. To remove a keyword, select it, and then click the minus button.


Add, delete, and rename keywords in iPhoto's preferences.

iPhoto's keyword feature is just fine for some, but there are a lot of people that feel there's plenty of room for improvement. If that's you, check back on Monday when I talk about the iPhoto plug-in Keyword Assistant.


Jeff Gamet is TMO's Morning Editor and Reviews Editor. He lectures, teaches and speaks on Mac OS X and design-related topics, and is the author of The Designer's Guide to Mac OS X from Peachpit Press.

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