Mac Viewer Keyboard Shortcuts: 10 Useful Shortcuts

application “View”preinstalled on all Macs is much more useful than many people think. The program can be used not only to open various types of files, but also to edit them, as well as extract images from applications. In any case, most users will probably work with the program using a mouse or trackpad, and we will tell you how to control the application using hotkey combinations.

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1. Launch the Slide Viewer in the Viewer application

Highlight the required images and press Command (⌘) + O This action will open in the application View selected files.

Launching Slide Viewer in ViewerLaunching Slide Viewer in Viewer

To use the slideshow function, press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + F… This action will display the content in full screen mode and allow you to view the images in slideshow mode.

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2. Scaling

If the image is too large or too small, you can scale it using the combinations Command (⌘) + Minus (-) or Command (⌘) + Plus (+)

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3. Stretch the selection to full screen

If you want to quickly enlarge the selected fragment, highlight the necessary element in the image, and then press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 8

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4. Adjusting the image color in the Viewer application

Using the Viewer app and a combination Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + C you can correct the color of the image. Pressing Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + C will open a miniature window with editing tools with which you can change exposure, contrast, shadows, saturation, temperature, etc. These tools may well serve as an alternative to some expensive photo editors.

Adjusting Image Color in Viewer Application

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5. Rotate images

application “View” allows you to rotate images to the right or left. To rotate the picture 90 degrees to the left, press Command (⌘) + L, if the image needs to be rotated 90 degrees to the right, then, accordingly, press Command (⌘) + R

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6. Cropping (cropping) images in the Viewer application

If you need to quickly crop an image, click Command (⌘) + K… Cropping borders will appear on the screen, which you can shape with your mouse or trackpad.

Cropping (Crop) Images in the Viewer ApplicationCropping (Crop) Images in the Viewer Application

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7. Toggle sidebar options

When you open a large number of files in Preview, you can customize the view that suits you. By default, macOS displays files as icons, but you can optionally view the content as a list by clicking Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + 3… Combination Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + 1 helps to hide the sidebar completely, and Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + 2 will return to the icon view.

Toggle sidebar options

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8. How to show or hide the magnifying glass in Viewer

To display or hide the magnifying glass, simply press the “= “

Show or hide the magnifying glass in the View app

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9. Show or hide the Image inspector

To find out detailed information about the file opened in the application “View”, click Command (⌘) + I… So you can find out the date of creation and modification, or the size of the file, if we are talking about the image, or other information related to the type of file that you opened.

Show or hide the magnifying glass in the View app

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10. Copy open file

If you want to create a copy of the open file and save it as a new file, click Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + S… Now you can save the copy with a different name.

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