How to Use Keywords in Apple Photos

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Apple Photos may be gaining image recognition abilities, but its keywords feature allows you to tag images for easy sorting. Here we'll show you how to create new keywords, use shortcuts to add keyword tags more efficiently, tag photos with keywords and search and organize images by keyword.

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How to Add and Edit Keywords

1. Type Command + K to view the Keywords pane, and click + to add more keywords.

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2. Type in a keyword, and keywords 16

3. Double-click on the Shortcut column

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4. Type a letter. This shortcut key can be used with the Option key (Option+P) for quick tagging photos. Click OK when you're done. photos keywords 18

5. To tag photos manually, select and right-click.

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7. Type keywords into the Add a Keyword field.

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8. Click the Close bubble. You've added keywords to keywords 05

9. Type a keyword into the search field to find all images with that tag.

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How to Create Keyword-based Photo Albums

1. Click keywords 06

2. Select New Smart Album.

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3. Name your smart album (might I suggest the keyword tag in question?) and click keywords 08

4. Select keywords 09

5. Click Birthday (or whatever comes after 'is').photos keywords 10

6. Select a keyword and click OK.

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Now every photo you tag with this keyword will appear in this smart album.

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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