High Sierra: Do you use this great little Photos export shortcut?

Photos gets a shortcut

Apple continues to enhance its Photos app

Apple’s macOS High Sierra is packed with useful little tools, like intelligent storage management and a space-saving new file system, but I wonder if anyone else has noticed a new image export shortcut that’s been added to Photos?

Really easy image exports

Sometimes I like to export a few images from Photos to my Mac Desktop. I usually do this in order to share images online using services that aren’t included in the Share menu. At one time I needed to select the images I wished to use and then drag-&-drop them to my Desktop. It was a little awkward.

Apple has made it easier.

  • Now, when you select two or more images in Photos
  • (Don’t forget to hold down Command if you wish to select non-contiguous images)
  • You’ll see a small icon depicting the first image you chose appear in the top right corner of the Photos app window. It also shows a running total count of the number of images you have selected.
Little Photos shortcut

Did you notice this?

  • Keep choosing images till you have those you want, and you can now drag-&-drop those images to anywhere on your Mac by dragging-&-dropping that icon in the corner.
  • You can also drag the thumbnail to one of your My Albums albums in the browser to add them to an album.

It’s a neat little time-saving shortcut, and while it isn’t going to change the world, it may come in useful some time.

Also read: 6 hidden Photos tools you probably didn’t know about

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim Prevo says:

    I would love to see a “vacation mode” that would pause uploads through iCloud except for selected photos until I returned home or at least to a fast and unlimited data connection. Often my venues have slow internet or (currently) metered data (via satellite) and my photos and videos chew through the data.

  2. Jonny Evans says:

    Hmm — You could try Settings>Mobile Data Scroll down the apps list and toggle Photos to Off, then your app will only upload to iCloud when you are on Wi-Fi. Does that work for you?

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