You can approach media settings in two ways:

  1. By visiting Settings > Media.
  2. By clicking Media Settings on Plugins admin page next to the plugin’s name.

Configuring :: Open Media Settings

You’ll see four tabs on it.

  1. General tab contains all media settings WordPress has by default. Enhanced Media Library does not add anything on this tab. Other tabs provide additional options for the media library.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: General Tab

  1. Media Library tab contains options affecting the entire library.
  2. Media Items Order options affect all media screens of WordPress: media library grid and list modes, popup windows of the post / page / custom post type editor. To obtain an ability to re-order media items by drag and drop just choose Custom Order. Custom order is also used for galleries based on a particular category or tag.
  3. Media Shortcodes options allow to turn on WordPress native gallery and  playlist enhanced shortcodes. The option is unset by default. So, if you wish your shortcodes to understand new parameters – media taxonomies (see Taxonomy Name), upload date and number limit for media items displayed – please activate it here.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Library Tab

  1. Media Taxonomies tab allows you to manage everything about your media taxonomies.
  2. First section Media Taxonomies is equipped to create, edit, delete, and assign media taxonomies to the media library. By default it has a taxonomy called Media Categories. This taxonomy can be used as an example or a real tool to categorize your media files.
  3. The checkbox next to the taxonomy name means that the taxonomy is assigned to media library, and you can categorize your media files by its terms. If the checkbox is NOT set, then you will NOT see that taxonomy in your admin. You can temporarily unassign your taxonomies from media library. All your data will remain intact, you will see it when assigning the taxonomy again.
  4. Edit button opens all taxonomy settings for editing.
  5. "Minus" button removes a taxonomy from the list. The plugin shows a warning message prior to the taxonomy deletion. Taxonomy data will not be removed from the database, and if over some time you create a taxonomy with the same name all data will be available again.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. So, let’s click Edit and we’ll see all taxonomy settings available. The left column represents taxonomy labels. The labels are required for WordPress admin. When you work with a taxonomy WordPress has to communicate with you: Create new Media Category, Show all Media Categories, and so on. All possible variations that WordPress may require for such communication are in the left column.
  2. Now let’s look at the right column.
Option Description
Taxonomy Name The only option that can’t be changed. WordPress identify a taxonomy by its name, so changing it may cause various issues. You should use this name for enhanced media shortcodes. If you need to use other name in pretty permalinks, just change Rewrite Slug option (same settings column).
Hierarchical Defines whether the taxonomy is hierarchical or not. Hierarchical taxonomies can have SUB-categories, and non-hierarchical cannot. WordPress built-in post categories is a hierarchical taxonomy, and post tags is not.
Column for List View Show a column for the taxonomy in the List Mode of media library.
Filter for List View Show taxonomy filter for the List Mode of media library.
Filter for Grid View / Media Popup Show taxonomy filter for the Grid Mode of media library and for Media Popups of post / page editor.
Edit in Media Popup Allow editing media categories in Media Popups of post / page editor like for the Grid Mode of media library.
Show in Nav Menu Show the taxonomy in Nav Menu (Appearance > Menus). Makes sense when 
Taxonomy archive pages option is active.
Remember Terms Order (sort) Whether the taxonomy should remember the order in which terms are added or not. If you don’t understand this option just leave it as is.
Show in REST Adds REST API support to the taxonomy. If you don’t understand this option just leave it as is.
Rewrite Slug The slug that will be used as pretty permalink text. By default matches taxonomy name.
Slug with Front Allow permalinks to be prepended with front base (Settings > Permalinks).

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. To create a new taxonomy just click Add New Taxonomy button. Start filling in to Labels fields with the first two Singular and Plural, the plugin will fill in to other fields automatically. Don’t forget to set all right column options, they can differ per taxonomy.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. Sometimes there are media taxonomies created by other plugins, a theme, or hand coded. All of them will be shown in Media Taxonomies section with limited options. You will not be allowed to delete them with Enhanced Media Library. To change their options dramatically or delete them refer to the plugin / code which creates them.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. Non-Media Taxonomies section is even simpler.  It shows all non-media taxonomies created by other plugins, a theme, or hand-coded.
  2. You can assign those taxonomies to media library with the checkbox near the taxonomy name, and adjust their settings which differ per taxonomy as well.
  3. PRO: Synchronization with the parent post categories on upload is a feature available for the PRO version only.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. Options section contains settings common for all taxonomies assigned to media library.
Option Description
Taxonomy archive pages Enable WordPress archive pages for all media taxonomies created with Enhanced Media Library.
Assign all like hierarchical Show checkboxes instead of an input field for non-hierarchical taxonomies (tags).
Force filters Force filters for custom popups of other plugins or themes.
Show count Show number of media items in a category/tag. Turning off this option can significantly reduce loading time for media library especially in case you have a lot of categories.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. PRO: Bulk Edit section allows to adjust your bulk editing process. Just choose what is more convenient to you.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: Media Taxonomy Tab

  1. MIME Types tab helps you to manage MIME Types. The list initially demonstrates WordPress original MIME type settings. If you do not change anything, WordPress will treat file types as usual.
  2. You can edit MIME types or add a new one clicking Add New MIME Type. You can see a new row at the top of the table.
  3. You can also delete MIME types with the "minus" button.
  4. With the Restore WordPress default MIME Types button you can restore initial WordPress MIME types settings. 
  5. Add Filter checkbox enhances WordPress All media items filter with a MIME type. For example, Enhanced Media Library adds PDF (application/pdf) MIME type on installation. If you have any PDF in your media library, you’ll start to see PDF as an option of the All media items filter.
  6. Use Allow Upload checkbox to include a MIME type into the list of allowed MIME types. Please be careful, wrong files of some types can harm your site.
  7. Singular Label and Plural Label columns allow to point the labels for your MIME type. For example, PDF needs here its singular and plural form labels – PDF and PDFs – to be shown for you by WordPress admin. You may like to call it differently, for example Document and Documents. It’s just labels, do whatever you want.

Configuring :: Media Settings :: MIME Types Tab

For now, that’s all. We are working hard to add new features to the plugin. Stay tuned!