Searching for Images in the Browser

When you have more images than the Browser can display at one time, you can use the search field to locate images. Enter the search criteria in the search field, and Aperture finds the image or images for you, removing all others from view.

Figure. Filter HUD button and search field in the Browser.

When you search for images in the Browser, the search is confined to the selection in the Library inspector. For example, if you shot several hundred images for a wedding project but want to view only those that have the keyword Bride, you select the wedding project in the Library inspector and then enter Bride in the Browser’s search field to display only the images of the bride, hiding the remainder from view.

To search for an image in the Browser
  • Enter text associated with that image in the Browser’s search field.

To see all your images again
  • Click the search field’s Reset button (with an X) or delete the text in the search field.

Important: You can use keyboard shortcuts to quickly implement a search that displays images with specific ratings or images that have a specific keyword. It’s possible, while working with images, to accidentally press such a keyboard shortcut and see images on your screen unexpectedly change or even disappear. If this happens, you can quickly display your images by clicking the Reset button in the search field to reset the search criteria in the Filter HUD.

When viewing the contents of albums (including Smart Albums) in the Browser, you may not be able to see images with a rating of Reject. This is because the Browser is set to show unrated images or better. To view rejected images, you must set the Browser to show all images.

Figure. Options shown in the search field pop-up menu in the Browser.
To set the Browser to show all images
  1. In the Library inspector, select an item.

  2. In the Browser, choose Show All from the search field pop-up menu.

All images, including rejects, appear in the Browser, and Showing All appears in the Browser’s search field.

To set the Browser to show rejected images only
  1. In the Library inspector, select an item.

  2. In the Browser, choose Rejected from the search field pop-up menu.

Only images with the Reject rating appear in the Browser, and X appears in the Browser’s search field.

You can filter the images shown in the Browser by criteria other than ratings. For example, you can filter images by whether they’ve been flagged or assigned a color label.

To set the Browser to show flagged images only
  1. In the Library inspector, select an item.

  2. In the Browser, choose Flagged from the search field pop-up menu.

To set the Browser to show images assigned a specific color label
  1. In the Library inspector, select an item.

  2. In the Browser, choose a color label from the search field pop-up menu.