How to Select All Photos on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Select All Photos on Mac

If you are a Mac user and have a large collection of photos, selecting all of them at once can be a time-consuming task. However, with the right knowledge and techniques, you can easily select all your photos on Mac in just a few simple steps.

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of selecting all photos on your Mac using different methods.

Selecting All Photos in Finder

One way to select all your photos on Mac is through Finder. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open Finder on your Mac by clicking on the Finder icon located in the Dock.
  2. Navigate to the folder or location where your photos are stored.
  3. Click on the first photo in the list to select it.
  4. Hold down the Shift key and scroll down to the last photo in the list. This will select all the photos in between as well.
  5. To ensure that all photos are selected, you can press Command + A. This keyboard shortcut selects everything within the active window.

Selecting All Photos in Photos App

Another method is using the built-in Photos app on your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Photos app from your Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.
  2. In the sidebar, click on “Photos” to view all your pictures.
  3. Press and hold down the Command key.
    • You will notice that as long as you are holding the Command key, a blue checkbox appears on each photo.
  4. While holding the Command key, click on any photo to select it.
  5. With the Command key still held down, scroll down to the last photo and click on it. This will select all photos in between.

Selecting All Photos in iCloud Photos

If you have enabled iCloud Photos, your photos may also be stored in the cloud. Here’s how to select all your photos using iCloud Photos:

  1. Open a web browser on your Mac and go to
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Click on “Photos” to access your photo library.
  4. In the top-right corner of iCloud Photos, click on the Select button (represented by a checkmark). This will enable selection mode.
    • You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + A to select all photos at once.
  5. All your photos will now be selected. You can perform various actions like downloading, deleting, or sharing them using the options available at the top of the window.

In Conclusion

Selecting all photos on Mac doesn’t have to be a laborious task. Whether you choose Finder, Photos app, or iCloud Photos, there are multiple ways to achieve this goal.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can quickly select all your photos and save valuable time.


Keep in mind that selecting all photos at once may lead to performance issues, especially if you have a large collection. It is recommended to select smaller batches of photos when working with a large library to ensure smooth operation.

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