Searching Across the Entire Library

At times, you may want to search for images that reside in many different projects. For example, you might want to locate all your select photos for an entire year or for a particular month. To search for images across the library, you use Photos view. Photos view displays all the images in your library regardless of which project, folder, or album they reside in.

To search for images across the entire library
  1. In the Library inspector, select Photos.

    The main window switches to Photos view, displaying all of the photos in the Aperture library. In Photos view, you can use the Browser and Viewer to locate, sort, and adjust images as necessary.

  2. Make sure the Browser is showing by doing one of the following:

    • To show the Browser by itself: Choose View > Browser.
    • To show the Browser and Viewer together: Choose View > Split View.
  3. Click the Filter HUD button (with a magnifying glass icon) beside the search field in the Browser (or press Command-F).

  4. In the Filter HUD, choose the search options you want to add from the Add Rule pop-up menu.

  5. Select the checkboxes beside the criteria you want to use, then specify the search criteria.

The images in the library that match the search criteria set in the Filter HUD appear in the Browser.