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OS 10.4 - Windows My Pictures features in OS X?

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I just switched to Mac from Windows. I like everything except the way I view pictures. I don't want to open iPhoto to view my pictures. I want to view pictures straight in the folder. In Windows you can view slide show, film strip, etc. in the My Pictures folder without opening an additional application. I want to do that in OS X. Is that possible? If so, how?

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First, turn on Icon Preview. (basically, like Thumbnail view in Windows)

Go to Icon View.

View > Show View Options (shortcut: Command J)

Check "Show Icon Preview"

Resize the Icon Size as needed.

note: You can show Icon Preview on the Desktop too!

Second, if you want to be able to browse the pictures in a folder in a Previous/Next fashion,
download the Xee image viewer:

Yeah, I know you said you didn't want to get an app, but Xee's a very good application. I highly recommend it.

And you can customize all the keyboard shortcuts too.
(By default, the <-- and --> keys are not mapped to Previous and Next, but you can easily set it yourself.)

Personally, I don't like how iPhoto works either. (the whole "importing and organizing in albums" thing)
I prefer to organize my pictures by folders and view them using Xee.

Third, you can also sort of browse the pictures in a folder in Preview, though it takes a little effort.

Select the pictures you want (or Select All), then drag them into Preview.

It should open them in the drawer of a Preview window.

You can then use the drawer to navigate.

Fourth, you can do a Slideshow from the Finder.

Like the Preview trick, selecting a bunch of pictures (or Select All),
then right-click them and choose "Slideshow."

However, functionality is rather limited.
(not to mention there is a limit of 100 pictures for some incomprehensible reason)

Use this one if you absolutely don't want to use an additional app.

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Wow, thanks for the fast response. I'll follow the instructions and see if that satisfies my needs/wants. Thanks again for your help.
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You can view slideshows right in finder. Just right-click and choose slideshow:
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schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.
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