How do I change the order of pictures in Elements Organizer?

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In any given set or sub-set of pictures taken with my camera, some of the images imported into Photoshop Elements 3.0 are out of order (time-shifted) from the original sequence established in the My Pictures folders on my hard drive (which reflects the order in which the pictures were taken with my camera. Is there an easy way to move/re-arrange pictures appearing in the "Organizer/My Catalog" or "Photobrowser" windows so as to restore the original time sequence of pictures transferred to Adobe PSE 3.0 from my camera's memory card ?
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You can only customize the order of images while in an Album. Once you have added your images to an album and are looking at the album contents, you will notice a number in the top left of each image. Simply drag and drop the files into the order you want, the numbers will always maintain the same order, even though the images do not.
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Sorting the Elements Organizer 13/13.1 Album content is not as straight forward as would be implied four years ago for another version. In case anyone is interested in the how to for Elements Organizer 13/13.1/Sort By Album Order and is still searching for the answer....

1. Open the Elements Organizer 13/13.1 and create an Album for a group of photos.
2. Right click the name of the Album created in Albums/Local Albums/ which is located at the top of the column to the left of the Elements Organizer workspace. Select Edit Album.
3. At that point Sort By: will now include "Album Order" where it had not before.
4. Once "Album Order" is set for the Sort By, then the individual photos in the Album will have a number. The components can be sorted in the Elements Organizer main work area or in the Edit Album column to the far right of the Elements Organizer workspace.

Please let us know if that worked for anyone in search of this how to in Elements Organizer 13/13.1.

Thank you.

ATR
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Worked beautifully, Thanks
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Terry McLeod
Thanks for taking the time to let us know the outcome of Elements Organizer 13/13.1 Album Order suggested workflow. Appreciated. Best wishes.
ATR
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Hi ATR,
Step 2. I never right click and choose 'Edit album'. A simple left click to select any allbum in the list will enable the 'album order' sort.

That's the way albums work since PSE11. What is more logical in PSE13 is the interface to select your view in the left panel:
- local albums or Revel
- folders tree hierarchy
- 'my folders' (list of last level subfolders in alphabetical order)

Since PSE12, the alphabetical order has come back (was missing in PSE11)
The nice thing in the new versions is that all sort orders are available (newest, oldest, alphabetical or batch import) in all views ('all media', Folders or albums').
Of course, the 'album order' is only available when an album is selected and displayed.
If you switch albums by left clicking in the list on the left, your sort order is 'sticky'.
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Michel Bretecher

Thanks for the reply.
Interesting comments.

Before I posted, I tried various approaches to get Album Order to be a choice under Sort By in Elements Organizer 13/13.1 Windows 7 64 bit. It was only after using the Edit Album as described that the choice became available to me.

My failed maneuvers to trigger the appearance of Album Order included deleting the Elements Organizer settings file (psa.prf file).

I was about to add more to my post here but you replied before I could. After my Edit Album experience, I am now able to have the Sort By Album Order just by selecting the album. I do not have to go through the Edit Album to trigger the appearance of Album Order. I can do what you do
"A simple left click to select any album in the list will enable the 'album order' sort".

I am not sure of all the whys behind this. The timing on the psa.prf file deletion was not close enough to the solution to claim it as a factor.

As always, thank you for your insights.

ATR
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I just installed Photoshop Elements 2014 and, after two weeks of trying, am about to give up. I watched the video a gazillion times about how easy it is to drag a photo to a different location. Easy for the instructor, impossible for me. What am I missing??
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marjorie meyer

What version of Photoshop Elements? What computer operating system? For now, I will assume Photoshop Elements 14 on Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 64 bit. Where are you - in the Elements Organizer 14 browser section trying to rearrange photos that you have placed in a specific Album? If you are there and

a. Have clicked on the name of the Album under My Albums in left column of workspace
and
b. Have set Sort By to Album Order?

Do you see your Album items in the opened Album? And do you see a number for each in the upper left corner of each's thumbnail?

Is it at that point that you cannot rearrange the photos to be in the order that you want?

Please consider, and then we will move forward based on the details in your reply.

Thank you.

ATR
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I have the same issue-- not being able to drag the photos to a different order -- but the solution below isn't working for me. I have Photoshop Elements 14 with Win 10 64 bit. I have created an Album, have highlighted it in the left column and all the photos are showing.  I've tried both right-clicking and left-clicking on the album name, but I still don't get the Album Order option in the Sort By drop-down list or numbers in the corners of the thumbnails.  When i try to c;iock and drag a thumbnail to a different order, it doesn't move -- instead i get a dotted line similiar to a selection box, though I can't select anything.  Pretty frustrating.  If you can help I'd appreciate it.
Jeff
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After the album is showing, click on the Sort By menu and choose Album Order.
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As I said, I have the album selected but I don't get an Album Order choice in the Sort By drop down list.

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Sorry, I have never met that issue.
I would first use the 'Repair' option of the catalog manager.
Maybe a preferences reset might help: menu Edit >> Preferences >> General, Reset default parameters.
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Wow - thanks for such a quick response! Good assumptions - all correct! Yes, I see the grid of the photos in the album and the number on the upper left corner of each thumbnail.
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marjorie meyer

Thanks for the reply. If you have reached the point that I described, all you need to do is click and drag the photo to the new location.

In doing the moving of thumbnails - with the mouse cursor, click and drag the photo to the space between thumbnails

As I said, you need to be in the Album and in Sort by: Album Order with numbers on those thumbnails.

Please let me know if you are OK with those details. If not, please give more details about where this is not working for you.

Thank you.

ATR
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Merry Christmas! With your help, I figured it out. I was clicking and holding the cursor down on the photo simultaneously and then trying to drag it when I should have been clicking and releasing the mouse, THEN dragging it. All I was getting was a line stretching as far as I dragged the mouse away from the selected photo. So simple and yet so complicated for a dense person like me! Thanks again for your patience and support.
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marjorie meye

Merry Christmas also. Great news. Thanks for letting us know how you got your Elements Organizer thumbnails placed as you wanted them in the Album. All new software and devices come with come with an assortment of things to work through. Happened to me this morning with a Christmas gift. You did well.

Best wishes

ATR