How to select multiple photos in preview while viewing them

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  1. FelicityG macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,
    I hope someone can help. I have used Windows most of my life, and when you have a folder of photos, you can click on one and you get a preview. If you hold CTRL on a Windows, then select another random pic, it will hold the first one, AND allow you to preview/select the second one. It is a good way to go through a large folder of pics and select the ones you want to discard. I can't for the life of me figure out how to do this on a Mac. Once you have selected a pic in preview, any time you select another one, the preview pane is empty, i.e., there is no longer a preview of the latest pic you have selected.
    Is there any way to do this? At the moment, if I have a large folder, I have to view each pic, and if I decide I don't want it, delete it separately. It would be so much easier if I could go through, preview them, hold CTRL on any I don't want, and then delete them all at once at the end!
    Thanks,
    Felicity
     
  2. dyt1983, Apr 2, 2015
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  3. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68020

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    There's more than one way, but here's one that may work for you:

    Open a Finder window, navigate to the folder you want to work in, and select Cover Flow view (either from the icons on the top-left of the Finder window, or from the View menu at the top of the screen). Cover Flow displays multiple images at the same time, with a conventional file list below. Whatever image you click on in the file list will be centered in the Cover Flow display. Also, whatever image is centered will have its filename displayed. If you have either a track pad or Magic Mouse, you can swipe left/right to browse through the preview images, without affecting what you've selected in the file list.

    To select multiple files in the way you describe, hold the Command key, rather than Control. Otherwise, it works the same way.
     
  4. dyt1983, Apr 2, 2015
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  5. FelicityG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many many many thanks! All very helpful and works :)
     

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