When you first open Picasa, it displays all your folders in date order. So you see a line at the start of each year. But, you can also see them in Alphabetical order, or even ‘Sort by Recent Changes’ if you prefer. The key is to use the dropdown arrow that is at the top of the folder and album list. The ‘Sort By’ list is referring to the sort order of all the items in the left hand column – the ‘Collections.’ You also need to know that this only works if you are in Flat Folder view – not Tree View.
Sorting Pictures within a Folder
If you’re looking to sort the pictures within a folder, that’s a whole different thing. First you need to select the folder (or album) to work with, then you can right-click on the folder name and choose Sort By … OR you can click on the Folder (or Album) menu in the top menu bar. If you’ve selected a folder, the menu will say ‘Folder.’ If you’ve selected an Album, the menu will say ‘Album.’ In either case, there is a Sort By option.
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