Take a quick tour of Photos

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Choose a view

Use these to switch be­tween views of your li­brary. The first, Photos, groups pic­tures by year, then breaks them down into col­lec­tions and then mo­ments (pic­tures from a sim­i­lar time and place) as you dig deeper. Shared con­tains al­bums you’ve made avail­able for oth­ers to view or add to, al­bums shared with you, and an ac­tiv­ity sum­mary. You can col­late photos as you want in al­bums by click­ing the + on the right. The Al­bums view also col­lects all of your panora­mas, videos and other spe­cial items.

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Make pre­views larger

Most of the win­dow is taken up by photos from the view you’ve se­lected in the tool­bar. When view­ing a col­lec­tion, an al­bum or an in­di­vid­ual photo, a slider ap­pears at the left end of the tool­bar. Drag its thumb to re­size the pre­views or zoom in or out of the photo.

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Projects

This view hosts all the cre­ative projects you build from items in your li­brary. To start one, click the + to the right. You can make books, cal­en­dars, cards, and prints, and have them printed pro­fes­sion­ally. (In Photos’ pref­er­ences, check the store for this is set to your coun­try.) You can also cre­ate slideshows us­ing var­i­ous precre­ated vis­ual themes, cus­tomise their du­ra­tion to last a cer­tain length or to match a sound­track, and ex­port them as videos to stream to Ap­ple TV, put on an iOS de­vice, or pub­lish on­line.

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Search for things

When man­ual brows­ing fails to find what you want, type here to search for photos by ti­tle, de­scrip­tion or key­words. If your cam­era has a GPS sen­sor, or you add lo­ca­tion data by hand, you can search us­ing coun­try, city or other place name de­tails.

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When view­ing a photo, click the but­ton left of the slider to show a side­bar of oth­ers in its al­bum.

Im­port ap­pears when a cam­era’s at­tached. It con­tains a set­ting to stop Photos auto-open­ing.

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