Compare images side-by-side directly within the Mac Finder

Jun 3, 2010 - 2 Comments

compare two pictures side by side

You can quickly compare any two images side-by-side by using Mac OS X’s QuickLook feature.

* Select the two pictures within the Finder that you want to see side-by-side
* Hit the Spacebar to enter into QuickLook mode
* Click on “Index Sheet” at the bottom of the Quick Look window (it’s the icon with four tiled windows)
* The Escape key exits side-by-side view, and hitting Spacebar again or clicking away from the window exits QuickLook mode

Assuming you have the screen resolution to support it, there’s no reason you can’t compare four or even twenty images side-by-side with this method. This is a really handy tip for photographers and graphic artists.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Marco says:

    That’s a nice trick, thanks.

    When I do side-by-side comparison is usually because I want to get rid of one of the two, but if I select the photo I want to delete and press command+delete both of the photos get deleted.

    Is there a way I can delete one of the photos without having to exit the side-by-side comparison?

  2. Antonie says:

    Thank you for the tip!

    With a large enough screen you can see a proper preview of the images side-by-side.

    Works great, thanks!

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