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Chapter 4. Editing Photos > Contextual Menu Shortcuts

Contextual Menu Shortcuts

In iPhoto 2, you can -click (or, if you have a two-button mouse, right-click) a photo in edit mode to bring up a contextual menu that lets you perform a number of actions without going to the display pane’s editing tools or the separate window’s toolbar (Figure 4.5 and Figure 4.6).

Figure 4.5. Control-click a photo in the display pane in edit mode to display iPhoto’s contextual menu shortcuts.

Figure 4.6. Control-click a photo when editing in a separate window to display a slightly different set of contextual menu shortcuts.

Contextual menu shortcuts:

  • Use Next and Previous to move to the next and previous photos in the album.

  • The Edit commands are useful for opening the current photo in a separate window and for opening the photo in an external editor without switching iPhoto’s preferences.

  • The Enhance, Red-Eye, Retouch, B & W, and Crop commands work just like their equivalent buttons, except Enhance, which is always dimmed in the separate window contextual menu. It’s a bug.

  • The hierarchical Rotate and Set Title To commands are exactly the same as those in iPhoto’s Edit menu, but using the contextual menu to apply them may feel more intuitive.

  • Show More Info has the same effect as the Show Photo Info command in the File menu. I have no idea why Apple gave it a different name here.

  • The Duplicate and Revert to Original commands are identical to their counterparts in the File menu, so you can use whichever menu feels more comfortable.


  • Don’t use the keyboard shortcut for Crop. It causes iPhoto to crash.

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