WordPress Media Library

 

What Is WordPress Media Library

What Is WordPress Media Library

The Media Library is where you can find all the files that you’ve uploaded. There are two different types of views you can select from when viewing your media library. You can click the List View icon () to display your images in a list, or you can click the Grid View icon () to view your images in a Grid layout.

The Grid View will display a grid of thumbnail images for each of your media files. The Grid View employs infinite scrolling, rather than displaying your images over multiple pages. To view more images, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and more thumbnails are automatically loaded.

The List View will display your images vertically down the page, over multiple pages. By default, it will display 20 images per page but you can change this number by clicking the Screen Options link at the top-right of the page and changing the Number of items per page.

WordPress Media Library

WordPress Media Library

Both views show the most recently uploaded files first. There are also dropdown lists that allow you to filter the list of files that are currently being displayed, along with a search field to help search for files.

Within the List View, the list of files contains a small thumbnail version of the image or file, the file title and the file name along with the file extension which shows the type of file (JPG, MP3, etc.), the name of the Author who uploaded the file, the Page or Post which the image was uploaded to, the number of comments and the date the file was uploaded.

When hovering your cursor over each row in the List View, a few links will appear beneath the file name.

  • Edit – Allows you to edit the file properties such as Title, Alt Text, Caption and Description. You can also perform some basic image manipulation
  • Delete Permanently – Deletes the file permanently from the Media Library
  • View – Will take you to the display page for that file

How To View a File in the WordPress Media Library

The Grid View will display a grid of thumbnail images for each of your media files. Depending on the file type, you’ll either see a thumbnail image for that particular file or an icon representation.

 

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After clicking on a thumbnail within the Grid View, a pop-up window will display the properties for that particular file, along with giving you the ability to update certain properties. If the file is an image, you’ll also see a larger version of that image.

For supported audio and video files (M4a, MP4, OGG, WebM, FLV, MP3, and WAV) you’ll see the appropriate media player. For other file types such as PDF’s or Word Documents, there is a link to view the attachment page which in turn has a link to the actual file.

How To View a File in the WordPress Media Library

Within the List View, you can click the thumbnail image, the media file title or you can hover the cursor over the row and click the Edit link. The various file properties will be displayed, along with giving you the ability to update certain properties.

If the file is an image, you’ll see a larger version of that image. For supported audio and video files (M4a, MP4, OGG, WebM, FLV, MP3, and WAV) you’ll see the appropriate media player.

For other file types such as PDF’s or Word Documents, you’ll simply see the file properties along with a button to view the attachment page which in turn has a link to the actual file.

Media Library For WordPress

Media Library For WordPress

Clicking the View link, when hovering your cursor over a row, will display the attachment page for that particular media file. If the file is an image, you’ll see a larger version of that image. For supported audio and video files you’ll see the appropriate media player and for other file types such as PDF’s or Word Documents, you’ll see a link to the actual file.

 

 

 

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