In today’s Learning WordPress article, we’ll be showing you how to access and use the WordPress Media Library. The media library is a tool inside WordPress that allows you to easily manage your media objects such as: pictures, videos, pdfs, etc.
We’ve included a video that walks you through the Media Library and highlights the most important features.
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 (List View icon) to display your images in a list, or you can click the Grid View icon (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.
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.