view-options.pngOne of the main concerns expressed by new Mac OS X users relates to Finder. On the Windows side, users can view thumbnails and slideshows of their images from their Windows Explorer window. On Mac OS X however, many new Mac users do not realise that they can have this very same functionality right from within Finder.

Granted, Mac OS X also ships with iPhoto which is miles ahead of Finder or Windows Explorer for managing your photos.But nonetheless, sometimes it’s just convenient to be able to view a slideshow or thumbnails right from within Finder.

To view your photos as thumbnails from within Finder, you just need to change Finder’s ‘View Options’. Open up the folder containing your photos in Finder, click on the ‘View’ menu and then ‘Show View Options’. You should now see a window similar to that on the right above. You can choose to apply the settings to the current window only or to all windows. Then, simply activate the field for ‘Show icon preview’ to view thumbnails from within Finder. Your photos should now show up as thumbnail previews. You can adjust their size by moving the ‘Icon size’ slider.

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For slideshow functionality from within Finder, see our post on Slideshow within Finder and Preview.app