Ahead of Apple’s announcement of macOS Mojave, there were some conflicting reports about what to expect. Some thought that this would be a minor iteration, mainly focused on bug fixes. The reality turned out to be that Apple is working on bringing some nifty features to improve productivity.
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One such inclusion is an all-new Gallery View whenever you open up Finder. This new view will make it easier for you to identify your files, along with providing a few different pieces of information.
How to use Gallery View in Finder
Before you can get started with Gallery View, you will have to enable it in Finder. In order to so, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Open a new Finder Window
- Choose the fourth option under the View section
- Gallery View is then enabled
For those who have been using macOS for some time, you may remember the old ‘Cover Flow View’. This has been replaced with Gallery View and holds a few pieces of information.
After you have located and selected the file of your choice, a secondary panel will appear. From here, you can view the following information:
- Created Date
- Last Modified
- Color Space
- Color Profile
Obviously, the information shared varies depending on the type of file that is being viewed. For example, a PDF file will only show Tags, Created Date, and Last Modified.
However, there is an extra section found below, called Quick Actions, giving you a bit more control.
What are Quick Actions?
As we mentioned, these new Quick Actions appear when you are using the new Gallery View in Finder. These provide a few shortcuts to different tools to help speed up the editing or sharing process.
When viewing images, there are three options:
- Rotate Left
From the More… menu, a dropdown appears which allows you to either create a PDF, or password protect the image. When viewing a PDF or other type of document, you are only given the option to Add Password. The “More…” menu is grayed out, as there are no extra options available.
What makes Quick Actions awesome is that the context constantly changes depending on what type of file you are viewing. Plus, you are given some quick tools to edit the document or image without having to open an extra application.
Adding Gallery View and Quick Actions to Finder is just one way that Apple is looking to improve macOS. There are a lot of different new features and add-ons coming this Fall, and it has us genuinely excited.
Let us know what you think about this new Gallery View and if you are excited to see all of these changes. I mean, who doesn’t want to easily edit an image without having to open a new application just to do something minor.
If you already have macOS Mojave and run into any issues, please let us know and we’ll be more than happy to help!
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.