Photoshop Elements: Keyword tags not functioning

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I just installed Photoshop Elements 9. I converted my Elements 8 catalog, but the search function in the Elements Organizer 9 does not work. When I use the keyword tags that were imported from Elements 8, the search shows the number of tagged items; however, the none of the photos with the searched for tag are displayed
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That sounds odd. Could you post a screen shot?
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If I type Quebec in the search box, I see that there are 369 pictures, and if I go to the folder and display the pictures, each has a the appropriate tag displayed, but using the keyword displays nothing
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Thank you for posting the screen shot. I can see exactly what is going on.

The Folder Location view only shows you the pictures from the currently selected folder. It does not include the images from its sub-folders. The Folder Location view was made to emulate Windows Explorer and Mac Finder, neither of which shows the contents of more than one folder at a time.

The Keyword Tag filter (enabled by clicking the box next to a keyword name) reduces the number of currently displayed images. However, if you disable the "Quebec" keyword filter you will still have no images displayed. This is because the currently selected folder, Pictures, does not have any images in the Organizer.

You can see which folders have had images imported from them, and thus will display pictures when you select the folder, by looking at the folder icon to the left of the folder name. If the icon has the blue square peeking out, it indicates images from that folder have been imported into the catalog. Only the folders 1968, 1969, and 1970 have images directly in them that have been imported into the catalog. This doesn't mean that the other years don't have sub-folders from which images have been imported.

If you were to select the 1968 folder and filter for the Quebec, you may see different results (although I don't know which folders contain images that have been tagged with Quebec).

You will see all of the images tagged with Quebec if you first switch to the Thumbnail View (Ctrl+Alt+1), assuming no other filters are enabled.
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Thank you for that I have just been struggliing with the same problem in PSE10. I used to have PSE6 and you could do a Keyword Tag search through the whole of the catalogue whilst in 'Folder' view, which surely is a much better idea?
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Phill
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In older version of Photoshop Elements there was an additional option to show the contents of sub-folders as well. However, the Folder location view was created to emulate working in Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. Neither of these have a similar option, so the option was also taken out of Photoshop Elements. Others have asked for it's return as well. Add your vote here: Photoshop Elements: Folder Location view does not display contents of sub-folders