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How to crop an image on your Mac

Crop an Image on Mac with Preview

You can crop an image to remove something in the background, delete someone in the foreground, or just rid the photo of extra stuff you don’t want. And if you own a Mac, it can be much easier to edit images than on your iPhone’s smaller screen.

Luckily, you don’t need any fancy software or an app to do simple things to an image on your Mac. Here, we’ll show you how to use your Mac’s built-in tools to crop an image: Preview, Photos, and Quick Look.

New to Mac? Make the most of Quick Look for previews and actions

Quick Look for an Image on Mac

Quick Look is one of those Mac tools that you need to know about to use; it doesn’t jump out at you. So if you’re new to Mac or have simply never used Quick Look before, this how-to is for you.

With Quick Look, you can check out a preview of an item on your Mac, like a file, image, or video. And with this preview, you can perform some basic actions. It’s super handy for, well, a quick look at the item without the need to open it in an app. Here’s how to access Quick Look and the available tools it offers, so that you can make the most of it.

How to instantly preview items in the Files app

iOS 13 and iPadOS make it easy to look at the contents of a file with Quick Look, a quick preview feature which debuted on the Mac in October 2007 as part of the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard software update. iOS's version of Quick Look functionality isn't without pitfalls though. For instance, the native Quick Look button is unavailable in column view or via share sheets. Worse, tapping a file seems to be a hit-and-miss affair because sometimes Files launches a quick preview of the selection and sometimes opens it. Follow along with us to learn how to create a custom Quick Look button that does everything like the native version but more consistently, without launching fullscreen and accessible from more places vs. Apple's version.