How to quickly sort your photos by folders named as year and month

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Max
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How to quickly sort your photos by folders named as year and month

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Here is one simple example of ImBatch usage.

Suppose, you have a bunch of photos, they are all scattered around your hard drive with different names, and you want to organize them in folders by year and month.

So, you want to create folders with year values and inside them the folders with the months, and place the appropriate photos into that folders.
Something like this:

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2021
	January
	February
	March
...
	December
2020
	January
	February
...
etc
Well, in ImBatch, you have to add only one task to sort them out. First of all, add all the photos you want to sort to the processing list. If you have a problem in this stage, refer to ImBatch Quick Start Guide.

Then add the "Copy" task from the "File" task group. Leave "New File Name" with the default "<Original Name (Without Extension)>" value. The most important parameter in this task is "Folder". Note the small "plus" button near this field. This button will help you to add special tags to the folder name(s). You can use EXIF-tag values, image, and file-related values as a part of the folder.
Here is the example of the "Folder" parameter value:

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<Source Folder>\Sorted\<[EXIF] Date/Time[!TEMPLATE!:yyyy]>\<[EXIF] Date/Time[!TEMPLATE!:mmmm]>
When you process your images, ImBatch will create the "Sorted" folder in your source directory, and inside that folder, there will be as many "Year\Month" folders as your images have in their EXIF Date/Time tag. And the images will be copied into them. Alternatively, you can use the file creation date and time for this with other tags.

That's all!

Please note, it is better to use the "Copy" task (and not Move/Rename) for this task to make sure that you do not lose any image in case if something went wrong.
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