Import and export

Action

Shortcut

Import photos Shift-Command-I
Export photos Shift-Command-E

Organize

Action

Shortcut

Move to the top of the photo library Home
Move to the bottom of the photo library End
Create new folder Option-Shift-Command-N
Create new (empty) album Shift-Command-N
Create new album from selection Command-N
Create new Smart Album Option-Command-N
Create new Smart Album Option-Command-N or press the Option key while clicking the Add button
Set the key photo for an Event or Faces group (from the main viewing window) Hold the pointer over the group and press the Space bar to select the photo
Set the key photo for an Event or Faces group (from the main viewing window or Events or Faces view) Press the Control key while clicking the desired photo, and then choose Make Key Photo from the shortcut menu
Scroll selected Event into view G
Split Event S
Change size of photo thumbnails 0, 2, 3, 1 (smallest to largest)
Magnify single photo to fill viewing area Double-click thumbnail photo or press Space bar
Reduce photo to thumbnail view Double-click magnified photo or press Space bar
Move to previous or next magnified photo Press Left Arrow and Right Arrow keys
Open photo in edit view Return
Enter or leave full-screen view Option-Command-F
Show or hide titles Shift-Command-T
Show or hide Event titles in Photos view Shift-Command-F
Show or hide hidden photos Shift-Command-H
Show or hide ratings Shift-Command-R
Set the title, date, or comments of multiple photos (”batch change“) Shift-Command-B
Show photo information Command-I
Rotate photo Command-R
Rotate photo in opposite direction Option-Command-R or press the Option key while clicking the Rotate button
Duplicate photo Command-D
Cut photo Command-X
Copy photo Command-C
Paste photo Command-V
Flag or unflag a photo Command-Period (.)
Hide or show a hidden photo Command-L
Manage keywords Command-K
Delete published album Command-Delete
Move photo to Trash from the photo library, or remove photo from album Delete
Move photo to Trash from album Option-Command-Delete
Empty Trash Shift-Command-Delete

Select and deselect photos

Action

Shortcut

Select a single photo Click the photo
Select all photos Command-A
Select all photos between the current selection and a non-adjacent photo Hold down the Shift key and click the non-adjacent photo
Select photos that are non-adjacent to each other Select the first photo, then hold down the Command key and click additional photos
Select several photos located together Click outside the photos and drag to enclose them within the selection rectangle
Deselect specific photos in a group of selected photos Hold down the Command key and click the photos you want to deselect
Deselect all photos Shift-Command-A or click outside a photo

Rate photos

Remove a photo’s rating Command-0
Assign one star to a photo Command-1
Assign two stars to a photo Command-2
Assign three stars to a photo Command-3
Assign four stars to a photo Command-4
Assign five stars to a photo Command-5

Slideshows

Stop a slideshow Press the Escape (esc) key, or move the mouse to show the slideshow controls, and then click the close button (X)
Pause slideshow or resume playing Space bar
Move through a slideshow manually Press the Right Arrow or Left Arrow keys

Edit

Action

Shortcut

Enter edit view Command-E
Open crop tool C
Disable constrain setting in crop tool when selecting an area Press the Shift key while dragging
Switch between portrait and landscape constrain setting in crop tool when selecting an area Drag vertically for portrait crop or drag horizontally for landscape crop
Remove red eye R
Adjust red-eye pointer size Press Left Bracket ([) to decrease or Right Bracket (]) to increase
Open adjust pane A
Open Effects pane E
Straighten photo S
Retouch photo T
Adjust retouch brush size Press Left Bracket ([) to decrease or Right Bracket (]) to increase
Adjust white balance W
Show Recovery slider in Adjust pane (for RAW-format photos only) Option (Exposure slider changes to Recovery slider)
Compare before and after edit Shift
Go to next photo Right Arrow
Go to previous photo Left Arrow
Zoom in 100 percent on specific area of photo Move pointer to area, then press 1
Zoom in 200 percent on specific area of photo Move pointer to area, then press 2
Zoom in on center of photo 100 percent Move pointer off photo, then press 1
Zoom in on center of photo 200 percent Move pointer off photo, then press 2
Zoom out 0 or Grave Accent ( ` ) key
Return to organize view Double-click the photo
Undo last action Command-Z
Redo last action Shift-Command-Z

Book and card projects

Action

Shortcut

Rotate carousel one theme to the right Right Arrow
Rotate carousel one theme to the left Left Arrow
Rotate carousel three themes to the right Up Arrow
Rotate carousel three themes to the left Down Arrow
Select all pages Command-A
Move forward one page or spread Right Arrow
Move back one page or spread Left Arrow
Make selected text italic Command-I
Underline selected text Command-U
Spelling Shift-Command-Semicolon (;)
Remove photo from page Select photo and press Delete
Remove unplaced photo from book Select the unplaced photo in the photo browser and press Delete
Move to the beginning of the photo browser or page view area Home
Move to the end of the photo browser or page view area End
Remove page from book project Select the page and press Delete

Share

Action

Shortcut

Print Command-P

General

Action

Shortcut

Show preferences Command-Comma (,)
iPhoto Help Command-Question Mark (?)
Close window and quit iPhoto Command-W
Minimize window Command-M
Hide iPhoto Command-H
Quit iPhoto Command-Q