How to properly search for photos (images) on Mac (macOS)


In this article, we will tell you how to quickly find all possible images on macOS without using third-party programs. Fast, easy and most importantly free.

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Image storage is one of the most common problems among new macOS users. Mac offers to store photos and other pictures in the Photos library (and accordingly view them directly from the program itself). Those who have upgraded from older versions of OS X also have an iPhoto library. Photo Booth saves the footage in its own place. And then there is a folder with images with a bunch of subfolders. And then sooner or later you come across duplicates. To understand all this garbage, you first need to find all the images. The easiest option would be to create a smart folder with certain parameters. This is very easy to do.

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How to Find All Photos on Mac?

one… Start a search in Finder for which simultaneously hold down the keys Command (⌘) + Option (⎇) + Space anywhere in the system.

2… Click on plus sign (+) in the upper right corner of the Finder window.

How to find all available photos (images) on Mac (macOS)

How to find all available photos (images) on Mac (macOS)

3… Next to the field “A type“Tap on the field”Any“And select”Picture“. You can selectively switch to a specific format as a format (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and so on). By default, the Finder will search for all types of images.

How to find all available photos (images) on Mac (macOS)

If you need to find several specific formats, you need to create an additional condition. To do this, hold down the key Option (⎇) and press the button with ellipsis (…) in the upper right corner (before you pressed the button on the keyboard, there was a plus sign). Now you can add multiple search terms of equal value.

If the required format is not in the list, then instead of “Picture»Select«Other“And in the field indicate the exact name of the format, for example”photoshop“.

How to find all available photos (images) on Mac (macOS)

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How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

In this case, an exception must be thrown.

one… Choose a bundle “Type – Image – All“.

2… Open the menu with additional conditions (click plus sign (+) while holding down the key Option (⎇)).

3… Specify the condition “None“And then select”Type – Image – Format“Or if the required format is not in the list, then use the following options”Type – Other – Format“.

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

The resulting search result (and this is our smart folder) can be saved, for which in the upper right corner, click the button “Save”, And then specify the smart folder name and location.

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

Attention! The saved smart folder does not contain physical files! This is just a template for instantly retrieving the results of the specified search parameters. Each time you open a Smart Folder, your Mac will show you fresh search results.

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How do I sort found images?

Having found all or some specific images on the Mac, you just have to physically shuffle them into new folders. To do this, in the search box, press the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + A or in the menu bar open File -> Select All and then move the images to the desired folder on the disk.

If there are a lot of files (several hundred thousand), then most likely some system images that are somehow created by third-party applications got into the search. In this case, we recommend adding an exclusion parameter by size. For this:

one… Repeat points 1 and 2 of the previous paragraph.

2… Select the condition “None“.

3… Instead “A type” select “Other“, And then in the context menu”file size»Check the box.

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

four… It remains to choose “Less than“And size in kilobytes… You can safely set the value to 30, or even 100 KB.

How to find all photos (images) on Mac except for a certain format

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