Take a quick tour of Photos
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.