How to Change the First Photo for an Event in iPhoto

You can download, save and easily catalog event photographs with Apple's iPhoto software. You can even select which image you want to appear first for each event. Though the manual sort option works well to organize images in the photo section, the function does not exist when you view events. That can pose a challenge when you want to change the first photo of an event in iPhoto. Changing the first photo for an event in iPhoto requires a certain procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple Macintosh computer


    • 1

      Open iPhoto by clicking on the iPhoto icon on the Dock of an Apple Macintosh computer. The software's opening screen will appear.

    • 2

      Click on "Events" in the Library list in the left sidebar of the iPhoto screen. That action will show events in the software's main viewing window. Double-click on the icon of the event you want to change, and all photos from that event will appear in the main viewing window.

    • 3

      Click on "Edit" in the iPhoto toolbar at the top of your computer's screen. In the choices that appear, choose "Select All" to select all images from the event.

    • 4

      Click on "File" in the iPhoto toolbar at the top of the computer screen, and choose "New Album From Selection" in the drop-down menu that appears. Insert a name for the "New Album," and click on "Create." A book icon, with the name you inserted for the album, will appear in the left sidebar of iPhoto under Albums.

    • 5

      Click on the book icon of the new album you created to view the photos in the main viewing window. Reorder the photos by dragging and dropping them. That task allows you to change the event's first image. The images save automatically as reordered in the album.

    • 6

      Select Command + A to select all the images in the album. Click on "Photos" in the iPhoto toolbar at the top of the computer screen, and choose "Batch Change." Select "Set 'Title' to 'Text' " in the drop-down menu that appeared, and type a title, such as "Bob's Summer Vacation," in the text box. Click on the small, square box in front of the option "Append a number to each photo." A check-mark will appear. Click on "OK."

    • 7

      Click on "View" in the iPhoto toolbar at the top of screen. In the options that appear, select "Sort Photos," and then click on "By Title." The photographs will display as you reordered them.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ensure the iPhoto software is properly loaded to the Apple Macintosh computer.
  • Set the sorting view to ascending order when viewing titles so that the changes show up correctly.
  • Properly labeling your events when loading them into your computer will help you find and select which image should appear first.
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  • Photo Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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