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How to Batch Change Photo Keywords in iPhoto ’09

I’ve been frustrated with iPhoto ’09, thinking that there was still no way to edit the keywords for multiple photos in one step. I don’t understand why Apple hasn’t made this more obvious, but I fortunately discovered it while wading through the menus yesterday.

The most logical place for it would be under the Photos menu, where you’ll see the Batch Change option. But if you want to start adding keywords, you first have to bring up the Keywords window.

  • Press Command-K or click on the Window menu and choose Show Keywords.
  • Now select photos from your library that you want to tag, using the shift or command key to make multiple selections.
  • Click the tag or tags that you want to apply to these photos.  Tags become highlighted once you add them to the selected photos. If you click a highlighted tag it will be removed from the photos you selected.
  • You can also use the keyword window to add, edit, or remove keywords by clicking on the “Edit Keywords” button.

Here’s a screenshot of the window:

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  1. November 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks! I just upgraded to ’09 and was annoyed by the lack of ability to batch-add keywords.

  2. November 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Glad it helped! This is one of those features that I wish they would make more obvious.

  3. February 5, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Hey thanks for the tips, I face the same problem as well. Your tip really work!

  4. Brogroove
    March 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for!

  5. Benjamin Lee
    May 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm


  6. mia
    May 22, 2011 at 2:45 am

    arghh!!! The frustration that built up in trying to solve this problem was ridiculous. I can’t believe iPhoto can’t make this a more obvious feature, even in the Help section. Luckily I finally found this page. Thanks a lot for posting 🙂

    • May 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm

      No kidding. I spent a little too much time trying to figure it out. Glad it helped!

  7. Laura
    July 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Thank you; you saved my photo organization project! ^_^

  1. March 14, 2010 at 11:15 am

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