Show Image Dimensions in Mac OS X Finder Windows & Desktop

May 18, 2011 - 7 Comments

Show image dimensions in the Mac OS X Finder

The default setting in Mac OS X Finder is to display no file information, but you can easily set the Finder, Windows, and the Desktop to show image dimensions through a setting in View Options. From the Finder:

  • Hit Command+J or pull down the View menu -> Show View Options
  • Select the checkbox next to “Show Item Info”
  • Optional: If you want the setting to be applied to all Finder windows and folders, click the “Use as Defaults” button at the bottom, which will allow all folders to show the image information. Otherwise, this setting is just folder specific.

You’ll notice that images will immediately show their dimensions. As a side effect, other Finder objects will also display information like item count and file size.

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


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  1. philotas says:

    nice, what I always found annoying is that if you have a folder with images and see the thumbnails, you have to scroll down AND RIGHT to see them all. (just as in the picture above)…

    can you somehow fix the columns?

    In windows this works nicer.

  2. Dave Robbins says:

    If you look directly under “Show Item Info”, you’ll see “Arrange by:” is set to “None”. If it was changed to anything else in the menu, then the window would be arranged and, thus, you would not have to scroll to the right.

  3. y says:

    Works as intended but nothing more.

    You’ve to select grid view to see the information. So it’s not so useful when browsing large lists of files.
    Furthermore you’ll receive information you’re maybe not interested in like files in a folder.

    I’ll continue to find a slim, elegant picture viewer that allows flipping through a folder and displays necessary information in a nice way.

    Don’t get me wrong. This way might work but it’s more a workaround than a real solution for our needs :)

  4. Tim says:

    It doesnot work on remote folder like: smb (windows share folder)

  5. curt mason says:

    One of the view option boxes is “size” Yet that box is never highlighted on my MacBookPro, so I cannot check it to find out the file sizes, a very useful bit of information when one is trying to clean up the hard disk. Grrrr How do I get it activated??

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