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Chapter 13. The Windows Photo Organizer > Using Collections to Arrange and Grou...

Using Collections to Arrange and Group Photos

At first glance, the concept of collections might seem a little redundant: aren’t they just another container for tagged image files, sort of like categories or subcategories? But collections act in a uniquely different way from either categories or tags. For one thing, collections aren’t limited to a single tag or category. That is, a collection can be composed of photos from a number of different tags or categories. And, unlike categories that are dependent on one of the four arrangement options to sort and display their photos, the photos within collections can be sorted and reordered, independent of their date or folder structure. The sorting feature of collections is particularly useful when you’re creating a project like a PDF slide show or Web photo gallery. Not only can you select the photos that you want to include, you can also arrange them to display in whatever order you want.

To show or hide the collections pane:


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