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Sort Pictures by Creation Date from Properties
November 28, 2013
1:29 pm
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Chase Allen
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I want to sort my pictures by creation date, Modified Date or last accessed date as listed in the picture properties.  How???Confused

November 29, 2013
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You don’t say why you want to sort your pictures.

The easiest way to sort pictures in a folder is to use Windows Explorer in Details View. You will see a list of the picture files and column headings. Each column heading will sort the list by clicking on the header. One click sorts ascending, a second click sorts decending. You can add additional columns by right-clicking a heading and choosing More. Check the columns you want to use. You can click and drag column headings to rearrange them. See screenshot below. Click to enlarge.

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We have articles about using Picasa to sort and reorder pictures, and even a Tutorial Video. Use search to find them in PicasaGeeks.com and in the Learning Library.

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December 14, 2013
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MrGeek said
You don’t say why you want to sort your pictures.

The easiest way to sort pictures in a folder is to use Windows Explorer in Details View. You will see a list of the picture files and column headings. Each column heading will sort the list by clicking on the header. One click sorts ascending, a second click sorts decending. You can add additional columns by right-clicking a heading and choosing More. Check the columns you want to use. You can click and drag column headings to rearrange them. See screenshot below. Click to enlarge.

 Fullscreen-capture-11292013-82843-AM.jpgImage Enlarger

We have articles about using Picasa to sort and reorder pictures, and even a Tutorial Video. Use search to find them in PicasaGeeks.com and in the Learning Library.

 

December 14, 2013
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Over the Thanksgiving Week I took, maybe 150 pictures.  Now I want to use them. 

What I am trying to do is sequence 36 that I selected and want to send off to each of my offspring and other parents  (4 or 5 individuals) as book(s!!!) of individually selected prints in an order that is relevant to each of their  interests, i.e.  Each set of 36 is from the same sub-directory in File ominally printed card – followed by #2 – #37, on each of 2 holders then #38 in the inside of the back cover, similarly removing the included back page, adding a new back page with a self entered text line with a line to say where the book came from who compiled, designed the flow of pictures and printed the books, etc. 

What I have done so far (3 books worth), is to create 5 sub-directories in Windows File Explorer, and copy identical sets of the total picture take into each directory (as it happens, the pictures are sorted in named order).  Then on B&W prints of the contact sheets, with 10 lines of 8 samples (printed from my old copy of Olympus Camedia Master 4 – I couldn’t figure out how to get Picasa to do that job, I was pressed for time and knew Camedia pretty well), I went through and marked each picture of interest, with a “001”, “002” etc.  Then I went to my trusty HP Photo Creations, and “imported” (names only, the pictures are left alone) the now sequenced pictures for printing.  When the pictures were printed, in a pretty much OK condition, all I had to do was slide the pictures one page at a time  into a separate book for the person of interest.

A lot of danged work!!  I was wondering if the job could have been done in Picasa with less effort?  

I did also run across the fact that I couldn’t  sort the pictures by the data (Shooting Date, Last Opened, etc.) in the properties packet of each picture.

December 14, 2013
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I’m getting a clearer picture now.  I’m still not sure about the final Book part, but I think you can get 5 different ordered sets of pictures pretty easily.  Try this:

Using Picasa

  1. With the 36 pictures in one folder, or album
  2. Drag them into the order you want for person A
  3. Select all 36 and click Export, making sure to check the little box that reads “Add numbers to file names to preserve order”
  4. Export to a folder called PersonA
  5. Repeat #2-4 for each person
  6. You should now have 5 folders (PersonA, PersonB etc) with the same 36 pictures but with different file names that keep them in different order when sorted by filename.

OR

If you are actually printing these, just drag them into order and use Picasa to print them all.  I believe they’ll be printed in the order you see.

OR

Use File->Order Prints to upload the 36 pictures to a printing service.  Walmart, Snapfish, Shutterfly etc. make great books, even hardback printed books from your pictures.  You can make 5 different books from the same 36 pictures.  You tell the service which picture to put on what page.

 

Hope that helps

 

December 15, 2013
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It helps, yes, as that’s basically what I did, up to step 4 in your answer, above.  Now what is the result from doing step 4?  Is that an export into/outof Picasa?  Where do I do the “just drag them into order …” in the first “OR”, above?  (remember I have 130 – 140 “folders” shown on the left side in Picasa, under folders) 

Steps 5 and 6 are not a problem, I have already done that in File Explorer (keeping “PersonA”, etc separate from the originals which I don’t want to alter).  What I have done is to rename the pictures in the folder I am working on, to put it in my desired order.  Then I can move them to HP Photo Expressions, where I can do the prints on my printer very nicely (and have done!). 

BUT

 

Apparently I can make use of Picasa’s facilities to have the foleders therein, and do the “drag them into order” IN  Picasa.  That’s what I am uncertain about: “How to do it”

 

Some 2 , 3 or maybe even 4 weeks ago, I sent a fairly long message to you under “contact us” – which was mainly/apparently maybe that was a no-no, but I couldn’t find forums that seemed to be receptive about comments on “Beginner’s Guide to using Picasa 3”.  I have some problems with that book, apparently well done excepting the issue of: “Table of Contents/Index page number references, when there are no page numbers in the above book”.  Is it possible for you to retrieve that message and give me some answers from my questions posed therein????

December 16, 2013
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Chase,

I looked back thru my emails and indeed, I did respond to yours and sent you the .pdf version of the book so the page numbers would work for you.  Apparently, your email program blocked me as spam.  So I sent it again and this time I saw the instructions to enter a code so my email would get delivered to you.  Let me know if you got it.

As for dragging the pictures into order … did you watch this video:

Keeping pictures in desired order.

 

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