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Creating and Opening a Catalog

You can create a new catalog or open an existing one by using the Catalog Manager. Typically, users create a single catalog for all the media files on their computer when you start Photoshop Elements for the first time. However, you can create more than one for different purposes, such as one catalog for work-related photos and media files, and another one for personal use. When you create a new catalog, you can create one that is accessible by all users on your computer or just the current user logged on. If you have more than one catalog on your computer, you can switch between them at any time. When you open the Organizer, the last opened catalog appears.

Create a New Catalog

  • yellow_circle_01.jpg In the Organizer, click the File menu, and then click Catalog.
  • yellow_circle_02.jpg Select one of the catalog options:
    • Catalogs Accessible by All Users. Creates a catalog for all users.

    • Catalogs Accessible by the Current User. Creates a catalog for only the current user.

    • Custom Location. Creates a catalog in the specified location.

  • yellow_circle_03.jpg Click New.
  • yellow_circle_04.jpg Type a name for the new catalog.
  • yellow_circle_05.jpg Select the Import free music into this catalog check box to include free music.
  • yellow_circle_06.jpg Click OK.

Open a Catalog

  • yellow_circle_01.jpg In the Organizer, click the File menu, and then click Catalog.
  • yellow_circle_02.jpg Select one of the catalog options to display the catalog you want to open:
    • Catalogs Accessible by All Users. Displays catalogs for all users.

    • Catalogs Accessible by the Current User. Displays catalogs for only the current user.

    • Custom Location. Displays catalogs in the specified location.

  • yellow_circle_03.jpg Select the catalog you want to open from the list.
  • yellow_circle_04.jpg Click Open.
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