Show Image Dimensions in Mac OS X Finder Windows & Desktop

May 18, 2011 - 10 Comments

Show image dimensions under files in Mac OS X

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. Basically, you’ll see the complete resolution of a picture highlighted in blue underneath the file name, hugely useful for Mac users who do a lot of image work and editing.

Here’s how to enable this great feature and view the image file dimensions right from the Mac Finder.

How to Make Image Resolution & Dimensions Visible Under File Names in the Mac Finder

  • Hit Command+J or pull down the View menu and choose “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. Here is what the view option looks like toggled, and the image resolution shown under a few sample files in the Finder:

Show image dimensions in the Mac OS X Finder

In order to see the image dimensions underneath a file name, you must be viewing the files in “Icon” view of the Finder. Any other view option will not display the image dimension or file information under the file name, this is limited to the icon format only due to size restraints, that may change in a future version of OS X. Keep that in mind, because if you enable the “Show Item Info” option and don’t see the image resolution underneath a picture, you probably just need to switch back to the Mac Finder’s “Icon” view to make it visible.

This works in all versions of OS X from the earliest renditions through Mavericks, so you’ll find it supported regardless of what release you’re using.

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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??

  6. anrp says:

    unfortunately this seems to be broken in mavericks. such a shame; i used this a lot when coding – quick way to check image dimensions without having to open in photoshop.

    • Paul says:

      This works fine in OS X Mavericks, use the “Show Item Info” to display image dimensions under images when shown in icon view.

    • freakqnc says:

      It’s also broken on Mac Pro with OS X 10.6.8 there are some things Windows does better… sadly even then Windows is no Mac OS.

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