If you’ve got a folder full of photos on your Mac, you might be frustrated that the default thumbnail size for those pics is so small you can barely see what’s in them. What’s more, there appears to be no easy way to make those thumbnails bigger like there is in (hushed voice) Windows? However, if you know where to look, there is a simple way to make photo thumbnails bigger on a Mac. And we know where to look.
Time needed: 2 minutes.
How to make photo thumbnails bigger on a Mac
- Open a Finder window
Open any Finder window with a folder containing images, such as our folder containing screenshots from the game Fortnite here. Now make sure you are in icon view, by clicking the icon with the six little squares.
- Open the View Options
In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click View and then Show View Options. A rectangular window should appear over your Finder folder, like so:
- Change the icon size
Use the icon size slider to enlarge the icons/thumbnails to your desired size. You should see the size of the thumbnail images in the background increase/decrease as you move the slider.
- Set the new size as your default
Once you’re happy with the size of your thumbnails, hit the button at the bottom of the menu that says Use as Defaults and that new size will be applied across every folder on your Mac.
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There is no “Use as Defaults” button, plus the settings don’t apply in other programs eg. a file open window in Photoshop. Using Catalina 10.15.6
Same Daniel. So far it doesn’t seem that this resizing happens across the board. I have to repeat the process for each file I open. So exasperating. The only thing I don’t like about my Mac.
10 years ago it was easy to resize the thumbnails in real time in OSX, same as Windows, why this option is unavailable and almost nobody complain about a so basic and indispensable function ?
This doesn’t seem to work for pdf in the column view?