Q. I recently bought my first Mac after using a PC for years. On my PC if I looked at a folder of images I would see thumbnails of each picture. How do you do that in the Finder?
A.With MacOS X, you can view a folder of images as preview icons. In the Finder, open the folder with the pictures. Then switch to icon view (by pressing the Apple key and â€œ1â€). You can also press the â€œView Iconâ€ at the top of the Finder window. The View Icon allows you to change the view from view as icons, to view as list or view as columns. Youâ€™ll probably see either the generic preview icon or the icon of the application that created the file.
With the â€œview as iconsâ€ set, open the View menu and choose â€œView options (or press Apple and â€œJâ€). A small view options pallet will open. At the top, you can choose to have the settings apply locally with â€œThis Window onlyâ€ or globally with â€œAll windowsâ€. Below this youâ€™ll find a slider that will let you choose the size of the icons, the default size is 48 by 48 pixels.
Further down is the section with checkboxes. Place a check in the third choice and you will show the â€œicon previewâ€. If you applied this change to all windows â€“ then your Finder windows will behave in a similar way as they appear in Windows XP.