9 Tricks for the Full Screen Slideshow Feature in OS X
Did you know the Finder in Mac OS X has a built-in instant image slide-show feature? It’s part of Quick Look, and though it’s been around a while, it’s a little known feature that is really great when you want to quickly show off a group of pictures, or even if you just want to take a single picture into full-screen mode without having to launch an app like Preview.
Select a picture or group of images from the desktop, then use the following:
- Option+Spacebar to launch image(s) into the full-screen slideshow mode
- Spacebar to pause/play the image slideshow
- Left Arrow to go back, Right Arrow to go forward
- Gesture with two-fingers left to go forward, two-finger gesture right to go back
- Option to view smaller images at actual size
- Click “Index Sheet” to view thumbnails of all images in the slideshow
- Click “Add to iPhoto” to import the image into iPhoto
- Hold Control key and use a two-fingered back or forward swipe in to zoom into the photo
- Escape to exit
The zoom features are somewhat independent of the slideshow and must be enabled in order to work, this is very easy in OS X Mountain Lion & Mavericks since it can be activated with a keyboard shortcut.
Previous versions of OS X could enter a more limited slideshow through Quick Look by hitting Command+Option+Y, so if you’re still on Snow Leopard try that instead. It doesn’t have all the features that were added to Lion and Mountain Lion, but it’s still pretty good.