138 iphoto ’08: the missing manual
•Highlightthemandthenpressc-Delete (or choose PhotosÆRestore to Photo
Library). Think of it as the un-Trash command.
choose Restore to Photo Library.
You’ve just rescued them from photo-reject limbo and put them back into your main
Tip: You can also move photos from the Trash back into your Library by selecting them—yes, in the Trash
“album”—and then pressing c-Delete.
To permanently delete what’s in the Trash, choose iPhotoÆEmpty Trash, or
Control-click (right-click) the Trash icon to access the Empty Trash command via
a shortcut menu. iPhoto then displays an alert message, warning you that emptying
the Trash removes these photos permanently and irreversibly. Only when you empty
the Trash does the iPhoto Library actually shrink in size.
(Of course, if you imported the photos from ﬁles on disk or haven’t deleted them from
your camera, you can still recover the original ﬁles and reimport them.)
Whatever pictures you throw out by emptying the Trash also disappear from any
albums you’ve created.
Note: If you use iPhoto to track photos that are not actually in iPhoto (they remain “out there” in folders on
your hard drive), deleting them in iPhoto doesn’t do much. They no longer show up in iPhoto, but they’re
still out there on the hard drive, right where they always were. See page 86 for more on this external photo-
Customizing the Shoebox
iPhoto’s Photos view starts out looking just the way you probably see it now, with each
picture displayed as a small thumbnail against a plain white background. This view
makes it easy to browse through photos and work with iPhoto’s various tools.
But hey, this is your digital shoebox. With a little tweaking and ﬁne-tuning, you can
completely customize the way iPhoto displays your photos.
Start with a visit to iPhotoÆPreferences and click the Appearance button.
Tip: You can open the iPhoto Preferences window at any time by pressing c-comma. This keystroke is
blissfully consistent across all the iLife programs.