Elements 11: How can I delete albums and combine folders?

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I am new to Elements 11 on my Mac and trying to organize my photos. How can I remove albums that I are a mistake?
And second, when I imported from iPhoto my photos went into numerous folders. I have to do a lot of scrolling to move photos from folders to albums. Is there any way to combine or merge folders?
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Albums do not store pictures. They are simple lists, just like a playlist for music. So if you remove an album (in Windows, right click for the contextual menu : use the Mac equivalent), you delete the list, not the picture files or folders.
I'll leave competent Mac users answer your question about iPhoto, but to combine or merge folders, the idea is to select the contents of a folder and move the files to the other folder. Such a move may create duplicate names : the organizer renames them automatically.
The normal use of the organizer is not to deal with folders, although you can do it, but to use tags or albums.
Once you have created an album, you can select the contents of a folder and drag it into the album, select the contents of another folder and drag it to the same album and so on. No file is moved in the process on your drive ; the album (the 'playlist' is simply updated.
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Thank you for your response, now I have two more questions.
1. When working in All Media to put photos into albums, if I stop and go back to the albums list to check something, when I click to go back to All Media it starts from the beginning and I have to scroll through thousands of photos to get back to where I was. Is there a way to leave All Media and return to where i was?
2. When I click on a photo in an album the program starts searching for the file and this takes a long time to search my entire computer, etc. Since I am in the Elements program and the photos are in folders in the Elements program is there a way to cut short the search of my entire computer for the original?
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1 - I don't know any easy way to 'bookmark' the last location in 'All media'. Since it is displayed in chronological order, I would take a mental note of the picture date before going to albums, then, after leaving the albums, I would use the shortcut 'Ctrl Alt F' to define the period. The shortcut to cancel the period is 'Ctrl Maj F'.
2 - If you click on an album, there should be no delay, and your images should be displayed immediately. In albums, there is no search of your entire computer, the locations of pictures files are known by the database. If you have to wait, there is something wrong, you must have some other process interfering.
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Again thank you very much for your time and comments. Your reference to "Ctrl Alt F" and "Ctrl Maj F" I believe are Windows commands and don't work with Mac. Now I have other problems. I tried importing from iPhoto and after hours of the program trying to download my 14,800 photos it stopped at 95% complete. It didn't like something in my iPhoto files. I now have spent days importing in small increments and putting almost 5,000 photos in albums. That works very nice but for some reason it stopped working and I get the message..."The requested change could not be completed because the current catalog is corrupt. You can attempt a repair in the File->Catalog...dialog." I can't find that File->Catalog...dialog.
Any suggestions?
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I found the shortcuts in the 'View' menu, the Mac versions should be shown there ?
The options to repair or optimize are to be found in the file menu, in the options of the 'catalog manager'.