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and ordering prints; Chapter 10 for emailing, .Mac slideshows, and Web galleries;
Chapter 14 for desktop pictures and screen savers; or Chapter 13 for burning slides
to a DVD.
This menu lets you change the order of your photos in the main viewing area, as well
the kind of information you want displayed along with each picture.
Titles, Ratings, Keywords, Event Titles
Select any of these commands to display titles, star ratings, keywords, or Event-name
info in the main photo-viewing area. Titles, stars, and keywords always appear be-
neath each thumbnail; Events are denoted by horizontal lines, tiny key-photo icons,
and ﬂippy triangles.
You can turn each of these four commands on or off, in any combination, by repeatedly
selecting it or by using the corresponding keyboard shortcuts: Shift-c-T for Titles,
Shift-c-K for Keywords, Shift-c-R for Ratings, and Shift-c-F for Event Titles (it’s F,
because Events used to be called Film Rolls). A checkmark next to a command shows
that it’s currently turned on.
Makes all photos you’ve hidden reappear, for your convenience. (Choose again to
make them vanish again.)
Determines how iPhoto sorts the photo thumbnails in the viewing area. You have
•byDate. Arranges the photos chronologically based on the creation dates of each
•byKeyword.Sorts your photos alphabetically by the ﬁrst keyword you’ve applied
to each. (Photos with no keywords appear at the top of the list.)
•byTitle.Uses the titles to sort photos alphabetically.
•byRating.Arranges all of your pictures by how good they are, from best to worst—
at least, if you’ve taken the time to apply star ratings to them (Chapter 6). Unrated
photos appear at the bottom.
•Manually. Lets you drag your photos into any order you like. (This choice is
dimmed unless you’re in an album. In the main Photo Library, you must use one
of the ﬁrst two options.)
•Ascending,Descending. Reverses the sorting order, no matter which criterion
you’ve speciﬁed above. For example, it puts oldest photos at the top rather than
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•ResetManualSort. What if you’re in an album, you carefully drag pictures into a
custom order—and then you carelessly sort the whole thing alphabetically? This
command restores the manual positioning.
Show in Toolbar
See those icons at the bottom of the main iPhoto window? Some of them are perma-
nently installed and nonnegotiable, like Rotate, Edit, and Book.
The others, though, are optional. By choosing their names from the Show in Toolbar
submenu, you can make them appear or disappear. (The names bearing checkmarks
in the submenu are the ones that currently appear on the toolbar.)
The freedom to eliminate certain icons make a lot of sense. For one thing, some of
them may not apply to you. The Web Gallery icon is useful only if you’re a .Mac sub-
scriber, the Send to iDVD button is helpful only if your Mac can burn DVDs, and so
on. Furthermore, hiding the less useful icons leaves more room for the ones you do
use (and reduces the likelihood that some of the buttons will be hidden behind the
>> menu that sprouts whenever the window isn’t wide enough).
Anyway, whatever functions you eliminate from the toolbar aren’t gone for good.
They’re still available as commands right in the body of the Share menu.
Opens the Full Screen editing mode described on page 159.
Always Show Toolbar/Autohide Toolbar
In Full Screen editing mode, the toolbar, containing the various editing tools, ordi-
narily slips out of sight when you’re not using it. It reappears only when your cursor
approaches the bottom of the screen.
Choose this command to make the toolbar remain on the screen full-time. (At that
point, the command changes to say Autohide Toolbar so you can restore the original
Several of iPhoto’s modes—editing and book/card/calendar creation, for example—
feature a scrolling stream of thumbnails that lets you jump from one photo to another
without exiting the editing mode. The submenu here offers some useful ﬂexibility,
mostly in Full Screen mode:
•AlwaysShow. In Full Screen mode, the thumbnails browser hides itself until your
cursor approaches the top of the screen (or side, or wherever you’ve put it). Choose
this command to make the thumbnails browser remain open all the time. (In the
other editing modes, this command just says Hide or Show.)
•PositiononTop/Left/Right.Governs where the thumbnails browser appears in
Full Screen mode. Frankly, the left or right side may make more sense, since most
monitors are wider than they are tall.