Preview All Images in a Folder

Mac OS X has a built-in way to view all of the files in a folder at once using Quick Look. Go to any folder full of pictures, press Command-A to select all of them, and then press Option-Command-Y.

Once the slideshow of the items begins, click the Index Sheet icon (it looks like a group of four squares) to see thumbnails of everything you selected:

From that view, you can click on any item to see it full-screen, or tap Escape twice to exit.

This is a great way to select exactly the file you want without having to open any application first.

(Thanks to Melissa Holt at The Mac Observer for this one!)

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.