Couple of iMac Questions?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by deano411, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. deano411 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
    Just recently bought an iMac
    Having previously been a windows user, I'm still getting used to the OS
    I have a couple of questions.

    1) I have a large photo collection, and on my windows computer, it was possible to change the look of the folders, to preview the pictures before you open the folder... can you do this with macs?

    2) Is there a shortcut, or a button that minimizes ALL programs at once, and brings you to the desktop? similar to 'show desktop' on windows

    3) Is there any program I can download, which is similar to MS paint?

    Thanks :)
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I don't know the others off the top of my head, but #2 you can do by pressing fn-F11
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    More powerful than MS Paint, but still very usable.

  4. harpster macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    You can also try the free Sketch Book Express from Autodesk... it's kind of paint like.
  5. Cuba46 macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2011
    1. I don't think so, but you don't really need that because if you hold down space bar while clicking on a folder it shows the contents.


    3. There's GIMP and iPhoto is really good at editing photos, a lot better than any windows apps.
  6. vankata macrumors member

    May 22, 2010
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    For number 3 i use " Paint Brush ". It is very similar to Paint and for a former windows user, like me, it is very easy to use.It have the same functions like in Paint.
    For number 1 it is bild in Finder.
  7. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    You could also have a look at Photoshop Elements - the "home" version of Photoshop. There are some good courses at by Deke McLelland and other authors to help get used to it and I believe registering a copy with Adobe gives you a month's free access to If you buy your copy of Elements from an official Adobe reseller, you can claim a rebate if you eventually decide to trade up to full Photoshop but it must be an authorised reseller and you need the receipt.
  8. harpster macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Here's another cool app Pixelmator with painting capabilities... not free but does a lot for $29.95.
  9. deano411 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2010
  10. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    You can change the folder icon/image to anything you want. Copy an image/icon. Right-click or Ctr-click and select get info. Then click on the icon in the top left corner of the 'get info' window. Then edit past a new icon/image.
  11. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    I dont know any way to make it look like that on Macs, but then again, you have other cool stuff, like cover-flow:

    For painting you could use Sketchbook Express (its free, Sketchbook Pro costs)

    I dont think that this is what he meant.
  12. VanNess macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2005

    iPhoto is your best bet for your photo collection. Check out the skimming feature for similar (actually better) functionality for folder icon previews on Windows

    The keyboard that came with your iMac has a dedicated key for expose. Press the command key and the expose key for instant access to the desktop. You can also drag the expose "app" located in your applications folder to the dock. Right click on the app icon in the dock for a list of expose functions, one of which is show desktop.

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