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Finder Slideshow

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I nearly missed the Finder slideshow feature. (I guess that’s because I don’t use the Action menu often enough in the Finder.) In Mac OS X Tiger, Apple introduced the Finder slideshow feature, which makes it possible to create and run a full-screen slideshow of selected image files, right in the Finder.

Here’s how it works. Open a folder containing some image files. Select the files you want to include in the slideshow. Then hold down the Control key and click one of the image file icons. Choose Slideshow from the contextual—I mean Action—menu that appears (see Figure 4). The screen goes dark and a slideshow appears with the selected images.

Figure 4

Figure 4 Use the Slideshow command to view a quickie slideshow of selected images.

You can move back and forth through images by pressing the left- or right-arrow key. If you move your mouse, some control buttons appear at the bottom of the screen. You can use them to do other things, such as create an index sheet or pause the show. To return to the Finder’s usual display, press Esc.

Pretty cool, no?

And if you’re using Tiger, you must know by now that if you get an email message with image attachments, you can view them in the same kind of slideshow by clicking a button right in the Mail window (see Figure 5).

Figure 5

Figure 5 You can view a slideshow of attached images by clicking the Slideshow button.

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