View A Folder Full Of Photos Quickly And Easily [OS X Tips]

View A Folder Full Of Photos Quickly And Easily [OS X Tips]

Ever need a quick look at a bunch of pictures in one folder all at once? QuickLook is all well and good, but it’s a slow-going one-photo-at-a-time. You could use iPhoto, but for a quick check of a folder full of images, that’s a bit labor intensive. For our money, today’s tip may be the fastest way to see all those photos at once.

View A Folder Full Of Photos Quickly And Easily [OS X Tips]First things first, then. Grab yourself a folder full of photos that you have on your Mac, and open it up. Then, select all the files in that folder, either using Command-A, dragging across all of them with a clicked mouse cursor, or going to the Edit menu and choosing Select All. Once you’ve got them all selected, hit Option-Command-Y on your keyboard to start the Slideshow feature. This is a cool thing, but not our final destination.

Once you get the slideshow rolling, click on the little grid icon at the bottom of your image, between the right arrow and the Add to iPhoto icon. All the photos you selected will now show up in a grid, ready for your perusal. You can use the arrow keys to move around in the grid. The grid will rotate to any photos that don’t fit on the one screen when you get to the lower right corner of the photo layout.

View A Folder Full Of Photos Quickly And Easily [OS X Tips]You can also get this grid-style going from the QuickLook itself, by clicking on the little grid icon in the upper left of the photo when you’ve opened it via the Spacebar key. You’ll get a grid of all the photos you selected before you went into QuickLook. Pretty neat, if you ask me.

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  • soheilmonzavi

    instead of hit Option-Command-Y you can just hit SPACE , it’s more easier :)

  • mr_bee

    Option-Spacebar is a quicker version of the same thing.  

  • harryshares

    Thanks for sharing.

  • JamesJackson

    why not adopt a photo viewer?

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Games and Tips Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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