If you have a lot of photos on your Mac, you’ll want to organize them into albums and folders

That way, whether it’s an album of vacation pictures and videos, or a folder for a special project, you’ll always no just where exactly in Photos for OS X you’ll need to go to find them.. Better yet, if you’re using iCloud Photo Library, those newly organized albums and folders will also show up on your iPhone and iPad!

How to add pictures and videos to albums in Photos for OS X

  1. Launch Photos on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Albums tab in the top navigation.
  3. Click on All Photos.
  4. Select the photos you’d like to be in your album, new or old. You can hold down the command key on your Mac’s keyboard to select multiple photos at once.
  5. Click on the add button in the top navigation, it looks like a plus sign.
  6. Click on Album.
  7. In the popup menu, you can either create a new album and name it or select an existing album.
  8. Make your selection and click OK to confirm.

Your photos will then be available in the album you chose.

Alternately, you can also create a new album in the Albums section by right clicking anywhere in the main window and choosing New Album. You can then name it and add photos to it later.

To rearrange the order of albums in the sidebar, simply grab them and drag them up or down into whatever position you wish.

How to organize albums and folders in Photos for OS X

If you find that you’ve accumulated a lot of albums on your Mac, you can organize them into folders.

  1. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Click on the Albums tab in the top navigation.
  3. Right click anywhere in the main window and select New Folder.
  4. Give your folder a name.
  5. Drag any albums you’d like in that folder inside of it.

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