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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dimboom, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. dimboom macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2008
    Hey guys. I had a small question, so sorry if this has been asked before. I'm a new Mac user so I'm not really sure if this is what I am doing that's wrong or if Preview is that stupid.

    Ok, my friend sent me some pictures through Skype. They went in my Downloads folder. So I decide to go view the pictures. I open up the folder and double click on one of the pictures. I'm like, whoa that's friggin' awesome! And then I'm like lets see what's in the next picture... So I press the next arrow in Preview, guess what happens? Nothing. The only way those arrows work is if I select all the pictures in the folder first and then open them in Preview. Is there a setting that needs to be changed? Or am I doing something wrong? Or is this just a mistake by Apple?

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Because Preview is not integrated into the Finder, hitting the "next" arrow won't work without selecting multiple files. You said you double clicked on ONE of the pics -- Preview's arrows will only work when you open multiple files.

    Try this instead: Just click on one of the pics in the Downloads folder, and hit the spacebar. QuickLook will show you the image. And because QuickLook is integrated into the Finder, the arrows WILL work.

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. dimboom thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2008
    Well, I guess that works. But I don't think it would have been that hard for them to make Preview work like that too... Any other solutions out there?
  4. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Quicklook is your best bet. You could highlight all of your pics and then open them in Preview (CMD + O) but that might be a bit fiddly.

    How about changing the view to cover flow? - Try pressing CMD + 4 and scrolling through the images like that.

    There are a few 3rd party apps about (can't remember any names) that are meant to integrate with the finder and images.

    Btw: to browse through images while you've got Quicklook open, you should use TAB and not the arrow keys. Once you get to the end of the line the arrow keys don't work.
  5. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    If you have a folder full of images, the easiest way is Apple+A, Apple+O. This will select them all, then open them in Preview. Now you can use the arrows to scroll through them.
  6. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    At the end of the line use the UP arrow or DOWN arrow ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  7. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Aah but what if you want to go to the start of the next line?! Tab :D
  8. Nightkrawler macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2006
    Vienna, Austria
    i use xee for viewing pics in a folder. You may have to change the key mappings in the preferences of xee. I also like to open one pic and browse the whole folder just by pressing the arrow keys. Xee does exactly that :)
  9. dimboom thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2008
    The TAB thing is going to be really useful, but what about going back? Arrow keys?

    I'm going to give xee a try.

    Thanks guys! :)

    EDIT: Is there a way to make xee the default app that images open with?
  10. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    Shift + tab goes backwards ;)

    As for setting xee as your default app. Click an image, then press CMD + I. Change the 'open with' to xee and then click 'change all'.
  11. dimboom thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jul 26, 2008
    Thanks a lot guys! I switched over to Xee. I'm getting used to using the period and comma keys to move about the images. Very useful, fast tool. Thanks! :)
  12. p4u1i0 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2009
    I got it..

    in OSv 10.5.7, in finder, instead of clicking the file/picture, click the little eye under the title of the folder at the top of the finder window..That allows you to use arrow keys to browse through the images like preview
  13. harlock59 macrumors newbie


    Mar 23, 2006
    france, europe
    that's called quicklook

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