WordPress – Search Images by Blog Category in the Media Library

If you want to change all images from the category Short Stories for example, maybe you need to open your media library, open the entries in that category, and compare the images to determine which of them belong to the entries.

In that case, you need to open all entries and then start changing the images one by one. Of course, as you might have imagined, that will be tedious and time-consuming. But we have great news.

We want to show you how to search images by blog categories in your WordPress media library. This is really important because it helps you save lots of hours. There are not many plugins out there (if any) that allow you to search images by the posts or products they’re associated with or by the taxonomies in those posts or plugins.

1- Install the Media Library Spreadsheet

Fortunately, the Media Library Spreadsheet allows you to do that and many more advanced searches. It displays all your files on an intuitive spreadsheet where you can apply changes faster than you would do it if your used the normal media library editor. Also, it contains a Bulk Edit tool that allows you to apply changes to thousands of files at once.

You can download the plugin here:

Download Media Library Spreadsheet Plugin - or - Read more

Once you install the plugin, you need to go to Sheet Editor > Edit Media to open it.

2- Open the “Search” tool to filter your images

The Search tool helps you filter your files in seconds. You can apply advanced searches in seconds, so you won’t spend lots of hours trying to find specific files.

It’s located on the plugins toolbar, so just click on it.

3- Filter all your images by blog category

This is really simple. You just need to follow these simple steps.

First, enter the blog category in the Taxonomies in associated post field.

Second, tick the Enable advanced filters checkbox.

Third, select these values to filter all your images. Remember that the spreadsheet displays all kinds of media files, so you need to find the images only.

  • Field key: Format
  • Operator: CONTAINS
  • Value: image

Fourth, click on Run search to filter all your images by blog category.


You see! This is really simple and fast. You won’t need to be struggling with thousands of media files trying to find your images by blog category. Just some steps and done!

You can download the plugin here:

Download Media Library Spreadsheet Plugin - or - Read more

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