Searching by Calendar

You can search for and locate images by the date they were taken. For example, you might locate any images taken during a trip between May 16, 2009 and May 20, 2009. To search for images by date, you use the Calendar search options. When the calendar appears, any dates that appear in bold represent dates on which new photos were taken as registered in the EXIF data. You can select a date or several dates in the calendar to search for images taken on those dates, as well as specify a range of dates. In addition, you can search for images taken outside of a range of dates.

Note: Images that you import from sources other than digital cameras and card readers, such as JPEG or TIFF files, may not have EXIF information associated with them. However, you can search for them based on each file’s creation date. For more information, see Searching by Date.

To search for images by date
  1. In the Projects & Albums section of the Library inspector, select the item you want to search.

  2. Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser (or press Command-F).

  3. In the Filter HUD, choose Calender from the Add Rule pop-up menu, then select the Calendar checkbox.

    Figure. Browser Filter HUD showing the Calendar search options.
  4. Choose an option from the Calendar pop-up menu:

    • To display images shot on the selected dates: Choose “is.”
    • To display images not shot on the selected dates: Choose “is not empty and is not.”
  5. Select the date or dates you want to search by.

    Use the Calender navigation buttons to navigate through the monthly calenders. Shift-click to select a range of continuous dates; Command-click to select multiple noncontinuous dates.

  6. Choose Any from the Any/All pop-up menu in the top-left corner of the Filter HUD, if it’s not already chosen.

The images that match the search criteria are immediately displayed in the Browser. To save your search results, see Saving Your Search Results.