How to Select Photos on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling to select multiple photos on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of selecting photos on your Mac using different methods. Let’s dive in and explore the various ways to make your photo selection experience a breeze.

Selecting Photos using Click and Drag

If you have a bunch of photos organized in a folder on your Mac, you can easily select them using the click and drag method. Here’s how:

  1. Open the folder containing the photos you want to select.
  2. Click and hold the mouse button on the first photo you want to select.
  3. While holding down the mouse button, drag your cursor across all the photos you want to include in your selection.
  4. Release the mouse button once you have selected all desired photos.

Note: To select multiple non-consecutive photos using click and drag, simply hold down the Command key (⌘) while clicking on each individual photo. This allows you to choose specific photos without having to select them all at once.

Selecting Photos using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts for increased efficiency, macOS provides some handy shortcuts for selecting multiple photos. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts for your convenience:

  • Command + A: Selects all photos within a folder or album.
  • Shift + Click: Clicking on one photo and then holding down Shift while clicking another photo allows you to select a range of consecutive photos between those two selections.
  • Command + Click: Holding down the Command key (⌘) and clicking on individual photos allows you to select multiple non-consecutive photos.

Selecting Photos using the Gallery View

The Gallery View in macOS provides a visually engaging way to select photos. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Open the folder containing your photos.
  2. Click on the “View” button in the toolbar and select “Gallery” from the dropdown menu.
  3. In Gallery View, you can use the arrow keys to navigate through your photos. Press Spacebar to select or deselect a photo while in Gallery View.


With these simple methods, selecting multiple photos on your Mac becomes a hassle-free task. Whether you prefer click and drag, keyboard shortcuts, or the visually appealing Gallery View, macOS offers several options to suit your needs. Now go ahead and try out these techniques to efficiently select your precious memories with ease!

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