How to Adjust the Date and Time for Photos in iPhoto

One of my biggest frustrations with iPhoto was been figuring out the best way to sort my photos.  I prefer to sort by date, but for some reason my computer decided a bunch of my photos were taken in 2082.

Um, really?

Just today I realized that making this change is super simple; the solution has been staring me right in the face.  I generally consider myself pretty tech-savvy, but if this one was an alligator it would have reached out and bit off my nose.

If you you have photos listed in iPhoto with the wrong date and/or time, here’s how to fix them.

  1. Open iPhoto.
  2. Select the photos with incorrect dates; OR, if you have whole albums or events to adjust, select the the album or event in question.
  3. Click on “Photos” in the top toolbar.
  4. On the drop down menu select “Adjust Date and Time” if you are individually selecting photos (see #5 below) or select “Batch Change” if you are selecting whole events or albums (see #6 below).
  5. Under “Adjust Date and Time” simply select the incorrect date and/or time and change it to the correct date and/or time by typing in the info or using the up and down arrow buttons to the side of the information.  If you want to modify the original photo as I did, click on the box provided.  Finally click “Adjust” and the task will be done.
  6. Under “Batch Change” you can choose to edit the Title, Date or Description.  Select “Date” and then change the date and/or time information accordingly by typing in the correct information or using the up and down arrow buttons to the side of the information.  If you want to modify the original photo as I did, click on the box provided.  Afterwards, click “OK.”

Needless to say, I am now a happy camper and I imagine you will be, too.

If you know further tricks for modifying photo information, please share.  I’m all ears.

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2 thoughts on “How to Adjust the Date and Time for Photos in iPhoto

    • You should be able to select the event, then go up to the menu bar and find the option to adjust date and time. There you should be able to change the year for all of the pictures in that event. I’m not at my computer right now, so I forget the exact menu bar heading the date and time adjustment option falls under.

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