How to stop Preview from automatically opening photos?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by absolutic, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. absolutic macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2008
    Hi. I am a new Mac user (had my macbook for 2 weeks, loving it, but still learning how to use it). I am really annoyed by Preview app. Anytime I save a photo in my Download folder, it automatically opens it with Preview, whether I want it or not. When I quit Preview, it still opens the next time I download a photo. I can't find anywhere in Preview options such option to disconnect automatic opening of photos. How do I turn it off please?
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    In Safari there is a setting to automatically open "safe" files. Jpegs and other image files just so happen to be one of those safe files. To disable automatically opening safe files open safari preferences and on the general tab uncheck the "automatically open safe files" option.
  3. absolutic thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2008
    thank you so much!!!!

    you saved me so much headache. I really appreciate it
  4. Louis_macrumors macrumors newbie


    Jun 12, 2016
  5. Tzpendleton macrumors newbie


    Nov 14, 2016
    --- Post Merged, Nov 14, 2016 ---
    Thank you so much! This info really assisted me tons!!!!! I was trying to download all 22k photos and videos off iCloud and Preview open every single one...ugh

    I'm very grateful for your help in stopping this feature. Thanks again Tziporah

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