Control Plus and Minus in the Photoshop Elements Organizer

I have used the keyboard shortcuts, “Ctrl++” and “Ctrl+-“ routinely to zoom in and out on an image incrementally when I am in the Photoshop Elements Editor. In fact these are two of the first keyboard shortcuts I teach my students. I just learned today that the Ctrl++ and Ctrl+- do the same thing in the Organizer. Remember, the interpretation of the Ctrl++ , is press the Ctrl key “and” hold it down (that’s the first + sign), then press + (the second + sign).

I don’t feel so bad that I never knew this before. Using the slider in the Organizer and the two square icons at its ends makes zooming in and out on the thumbnails quite easy.

Pressing Ctrl++ repeatedly incrementally makes the thumbnails larger until you get to that point where single photo fills the available area in the thumbnail view. Going the other way, repeatedly pressing Ctrl+- makes the thumbnails smaller until they get to the minimum size the Organizer allows.

As near as I can figure out Ctrl+0 and Ctrl+Alt+0 do nothing in the Organizer.

I would like to say I discovered this on my own, but I can’t. I saw it while internet surfing today.


I Redesigned My Websites

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying the summer. In about three weeks I head off for a short backpacking trip. Immediately following my return, I leave for two weeks of touring Scandinavia. I have three main goals for the summer, redesign my website, prepare for the fall classes, and publish an eBook that focuses on the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. Actually, I’m making pretty good progress on all three.

My website has been redesigned and for the most part it is built using WordPress. WordPress is one of the most popular and flexible blogging and website design programs on the net. This blog has been on WordPress, and you will see little change in its basic layout.

My basic entry page for my websites has been changed. You still get to this Welcome page at However, I do think it looks cleaner.

My two prime websites have been totally redesigned.

My digital photography website is at

The website I maintain for my high school graduating class at Leuzinger, the Class of 1963, remains However, it is in a state of flux.

As you can see from the Welcome page, there are links to the blogs and the websites.

I urge you to get familiar with Dons-Digital-Photo-Corner. On the left of that page, are links to each school where I teach classes. Right now, they do describe the courses I will be teaching in the fall, but not their days/times yet, except for the South Bay Adult School. As soon as the days/times are available for the other schools, I will add them. Please note that I will be teaching a reworked Photo Projects class that will concentrate on using Microsoft’s Live Photo Gallery and Live Move Maker. Cloud computing is here, and the Live Suite of programs is Microsoft’s entry into this new technology. By the way, I am writing this post with Live Writer.