MM Answers: how to find and organize all the photos scattered on my Mac?

Today is another day of our MM answer column!

Today’s question is:

How to find and organize all the photos scattered on my Mac?

If you have a Mac a long time ago or it was not always organized with your photos, you probably have a serious problem with images scattered around your computer, with some of these files in a Photos app Photos (Photos) or some similar, and the rest spread folders.

How do you find all the photos on your computer, no matter where they are stored? There are third party options for this, but macOS itself has a good tool that helps solve the case: smart folders!

Creating a Smart Folder in the Finder
Press ⌘⌥ spacebar to open a search window in the Finder;
Finder Search
In the upper right corner, click the “+” button;
Press the tecla key (note that the “+” is now replaced by “…”);
Click on the “…”;
Where “Any” information is displayed, change to “All”;
Where “Name” information is displayed, change to “Type” and choose “Image” (you can still restrict to JPEG, TIFF, etc);
Click the “+” button;
Where “Name” information is displayed, change to “File Size” (if not listed, click “Other” and add the option to the list);
Where “Equal to” information is displayed, change to “is greater than”;
I suggest you put at least 100KB in order to restrict the search with reasonable quality images.
Finder Search
The result of the images found on your Mac will be displayed in the window. From there, I suggest you copy / paste these files to an external storage so you can organize them calmly before dragging the images to your Photo Library.

Oh, this process can also be repeated on external storage devices!

As always, backup everything! (I.e.


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