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Problems with moving jpgs into a separate folder

by sypoltg / January 9, 2010 5:17 PM PST

I have something that is driving me crazy. I have just upgraded to a Mac 10.4.9. When I download pictures, which are downloaded as Jpegs, I can see the actual picture as an icon on my desktop. However, when I create a file for any one of these jpgegs and move the pictures into the file. the picture disappears and it's replaced with an icon, which I have to click on to see the picture. I'd like to be able to pull up the file and see the pictures in icon form without having to click on the icon again. I've played around with it and can't figure out the solution. What have I overlooked or what do I need to do?

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Try this,,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 9, 2010 11:26 PM PST

click anywhere on the desktop and then go to the menu bar > View > View Options and choose show icon preview.

See if that makes a difference.

Regarding the use of the word File. Your JPEG's are the file, the thing you create to put them in is called a Folder.

10.4.11 is the latest version of your operating system, use Software Update to bring your machine up to the latest.

Let us know about the icons


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Didn't work
by sypoltg / January 10, 2010 10:14 AM PST
In reply to: Try this,,

Sorry, I said I had a version 10.4.9, but actually it is a 10.4.11. Given this, can you give me some updated info?

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Same instructions,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 10, 2010 8:54 PM PST
In reply to: Didn't work

which, apparently, didn't work


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Works for me
by Mr. Gregg / January 10, 2010 11:08 PM PST
In reply to: Didn't work

I'm using 10.5.8 though.

The disadvantage I have with that checked is that all of my green and blue Excel and Word icons go gray. But, it does give me a thumbnail of my jpegs.

Another question for you: What View is set in this folder? You want to be sure that Icon View is the one. Right click (or control-click) in the folder and pick Icon View, or use the button at the top, if you have that loaded. (Not sure in Tiger.)

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Preview problem
by macnerd10 / January 12, 2010 9:13 AM PST

Maybe it is because the downloaded files open from Preview by default. First, if you want to see pictures, you do not need to go further. When you click on a file in Finder view, a preview to the right shows the actual picture (make sure the arrow looks down); the original icon is too small anyway to be useful. If the picture files is saved from Photoshop, it is still viewed as a picture in a folder because of a change in default application. However, just by changing a default app from Preview to Photoshop does not help.

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