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Chapter 4. The File Browser > Sorting by rank

Sorting by rank

If a yes/no/maybe approach appeals to you more than a straight binary choice, you can use the Rank feature instead of the Flag. If you want to use ranking, it's usually a good idea to choose Show Rank from the File Browser's View menu so that you can actually see what you're doing. Press Option-Enter to highlight the Rank field; then type a for yes, b for maybe, c for no, and hit Enter again to confirm the entry—see Figure 4-17. However, you can add ranking to images and search by rank, even when the Rank field is hidden—it's just a bit more mysterious that way! The keyboard shortcuts won't work when the Rank field is hidden, but you can choose Rank from the File Browser's Edit menu and then type the rank into the dialog box that appears.

Figure 4-17. Ranking images

To rank images with the Rank field hidden, choose Rank from the File Browser Edit menu and then type the rank in the ensuing dialog box.


To rank images with the Rank field visible, press Option-Enter, or click on the Rank field to select it, and then type the rank and press Enter to confirm it.

If you want go quickly through all the images, assigning a rank, you can rank the first image and then press Tab to advance to the next image with the Rank field already highlighted, ready for input. When you're done, you can either choose Rank from the Sort menu to sort by rank or use Search to find just the yesses, just the nos, or just the maybes—see Figure 4-18.

Figure 4-18. Search and sort by rank

To sort by rank, choose Rank from the Sort menu (you can change the order by selecting or deselecting Ascending Order).

To search by rank, click the Search tool, then enter the desired rank under Criteria.


You can also select multiple images and apply the same rank to all of them, but to do so you need to select the images, then choose Rank from the File Browser's Edit menu—if you try to use the Option-Enter shortcut, it simply highlights the Rank field for the first selected thumbnail and deselects the rest.

Ranking, of course, isn't limited to three levels. You can enter up to 16 characters in the Rank field (if you really think you can keep track of 1E+16 possible levels of excellence—or, for the math-challenged, 9,999,999,999,999,999 possible ranks). For most of us, using either single digits from 0–9 or single letters from a–z provides more than enough flexibility.

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