I have just started using Photoshop Essentials Organiser for a trial period after many years uf using Microsoft Live Photo Gallery. I've several thousand photos with Keyword Tags that I previously used to provide categories within folders so that I could see a whole trip broken up into individual locations. I can see that I could have an Album for a trip and Album Categories for the individual locations. To avoid re-typing every location I would like to use the keywords as categories but can't see how I can do this. When I enter the text used in a Keyword Tag to set up a Category I'm told that this has already been used in tag ,which suggests that there might be a way to use the tag as an Album Category.
I hope I've explained my problem clearly. Thanks for any help.
I just want to make sure that you are clear about the differences between:
It sounds like you have Windows folders in a hierarchy such as Trips with subfolders such as Ireland or Dublin and sub-sub folders such as O'Connell Street. The problem with folders, both in File Explorer and the Organizer's Folders Panel is that you can only view one at a time. So, for example, you cannot view all of your images of Dublin in one place.
The Organizer's Albums are similar in that you can only view one at a time. However, you can have the same photo in multiple Albums. So, you can have an Album called Dublin and you can see all of your Dublin photos. You can have another Album called O'Connell Street and you can filter your view down to just that location. For Organizational purposes, you can have a simple hierarchy with a top level of Dublin and you can then have Albums that appear under that category, such as Dublin and/or each location you visited in Dublin.
Keyword Tags are, in my view, a better option for you. You can have three levels of hierarchy and a simple click will filter the view to all photos of Dublin or all photos of O'Connell Street in Dublin or just the photos of the Spike in O'Connell Street. Here, you would create separate keyword tags for Dublin, O'Connel Street and the Spike. If you click on the Dublin keyword tag, all photos of Dublin will appear in the grid. If you then click on the O'Connell Street tag (and uncheck Dublin), only photos of that street will appear. BTW, the tags do not need to be placed in a hierarchy for this to work, but it is easier to find your tags in a hierarchy.
I can also display photos with a common Keyword Tag but cannot see the Caption unless I double-click on individual photos.
The only suggestion I can add is to keep the Information panel open while you are browsing your photos. When you select a photo, the caption will appear in a text box. In other words, this is the only other place the caption easily appears without double-clicking an image and going to full screen view.
There are other ways to search for a particular caption, but as I understand your qustion, that's not what you want to do.