Keyboard shortcuts

Use the following keyboard shortcuts to save time when viewing and editing in Picasa.

Windows

Shortcuts for selecting photos

  • Ctrl-A: Select all photos in a folder/album
  • Ctrl-D: Deselect photos
  • Ctrl-I: Invert photo selection
  • Home: Select the first photo in your folder/album
  • End: Select the last photo in your folder/album
  • Ctrl-H: Hold selected photos in Photo Tray
  • Ctrl-O: Choose a file on your computer to display in Picasa.

Shortcuts for viewing photos

  • Ctrl-1: View your photos as small thumbnails
  • Ctrl-2: View your photos as large thumbnails
  • F11: Use Picasa in full-screen mode
  • Ctrl-4: Start a slideshow
  • Ctrl-5: View your timeline
  • Ctrl-Enter: Locate the photo file in Windows Explorer
  • Hover over a photo and use Ctrl-Alt: Full-screen photo preview

Shortcuts for editing photos

  • Ctrl-3: Open an image in 'Edit Mode'
  • Ctrl-R: Rotate the image clockwise
  • Ctrl-Shift-R: Rotate the image counter-clockwise
  • Ctrl-Shift-H: Flip image horizontally
  • Ctrl-Shift-V: Flip image vertically
  • Ctrl-Shift-B: Add black and white effect
  • Ctrl-8: Add a star
  • Shift+Graduated Tint: Radial Tint
  • Shift+Heat Map: Night Vision
  • Shift+Vignette: Matte
  • Shift+Pixelate: Focal Pixelate
  • Shift+Border: Rounded Edges

Shortcuts for watching videos

  • / [slash]: Pause or play video
  • , [comma]: Rewind video
  • . [period]: Fast forward video

Miscellaneous shortcuts

  • Ctrl-E: Email selected photos
  • Ctrl-P: Print selected images
  • Ctrl-Shift-P: Print album contact sheet
  • Ctrl-T: Add tags to your photos
  • Ctrl-N: Create a new album
  • F1: View help content
  • X: Exclude a photo when importing
  • Ctrl-M Open the import room

Shortcuts in the Picasa Photo Viewer

  • Ctrl-U: Single image upload
  • Ctrl-R: Rotate the image clockwise
  • Ctrl-Shift-R: Rotate the image counter-clockwise
  • Ctrl-8: Add a star
  • Left and right arrow keys: Scroll through images
  • Mousewheel: You can both zoom and scroll through photos. Adjust mousewheel behavior by clicking the down arrow menu > Configuration. You have two options:
    • Zoom with mousewheel (hold Ctrl to navigate)
    • Move filmstrip with mousewheel (hold Ctrl to zoom)
Mac

Shortcuts for selecting photos

  • Command-A: Select all photos in a folder/album
  • Command-D: Deselect photos
  • Control-I: Invert photo selection
  • fn-left arrow: Select the first photo in your folder/album
  • fn-right arrow: Select the last photo in your folder/album
  • Control-O: Choose a file on your computer to display in Picasa.

Shortcuts for viewing photos

  • Command-1: View your photos as small thumbnails
  • Command-2: View your photos as large thumbnails
  • Command-4: Start a slideshow
  • Command-I: View image properties
  • Control-Enter: Locate the photo file in Finder

Shortcuts for editing photos

  • Command-3: Open an image in 'Edit Mode'
  • Control-R: Rotate the image clockwise
  • Control-Shift-R: Rotate the image counter-clockwise
  • Control-Shift-H: Flip image horizontally
  • Control-Shift-V: Flip image vertically
  • Control-Shift-B: Add black and white effect
  • Space bar: Add or remove star
  • fn-F3: Rename file

Shortcuts for watching videos

  • / [slash]: Pause or play video
  • , [comma]: Rewind video
  • . [period]: Fast forward video

Miscellaneous shortcuts

  • Command-E: Email selected photos
  • Command-P: Print selected images
  • Command-Shift-P: Print album contact sheet
  • Command-T: Add tags to your photos
  • Command-N: Create a new album
  • fn-F1: View help content
  • Command-M: Open the import room
  • X: Exclude a photo when importing