Getting Started - 8. Browsing images

After finishing " Using tags for more detailed categorization", we have learned how to "add images", "classify images" and "tagging images". In this article, we are going to learn how to browse and preview images collected in Eagle.

Image list

The image list displays the content under the current category. You can adjust "items", "size", "layout" of the image list to your need. 

Adjust image display size

You can find a slider in the toolbar above the image list, By dragging the slider, we can adjust the display size of images.

Adjust the Display layout

Eagle provides two commonly used layouts, namely "Justified layout" and "Waterfall layout", you can right-click on the blank space of image list to change the layout, see the video as follow:

There are advantages and disadvantages for each layout, you can change it freely according to the needs.

  1. Justified Layout
    The visual grid is justified, performs better when it comes to organizing and searching for images.
  2. Waterfall Layout
    Irregular visual grids, suitable when previewing long images and images of ununified sizes, but may not be fit for browsing search results. 

Show/Hide item information

You can hide the image information on the image list, such as name and size to make the interface more concise. Right-click on blank of the list, select "Show Item Info", uncheck the option to hide the name and/or size.

Show/hide Sidebar and Inspector

If you need wider space for Image List, you can hide left and right sidebars, right-click on blank in the Image List, select "Toggle Sidebar", "Toggle Inspector", "Toggle Sidebar/ Inspector". If you need to use this often, press on "Tab" to quickly show/hide all sidebars.

Detailed view mode

If you want to view the details of the image, you can double-click on the image to open detailed mode. In detailed view mode, you view the image with "zoom", "drag", "comment" functions.


You can adjust the display size of images, by dragging the slider on above, clicking on display percentage will open a drop-down list, where you can choose predefined display percentage.

Zoom to point

Sometimes we don't want to zoom in a fixated ratio, instead, we want to magnify a specific point of the image. In this context, Eagle provides "Zoom to Point" function, just like Photoshop. Hover your mouse to the point where you want to see details, press Alt + mouse wheel, simply by doing so, you can zoom in on the details of the image you want to view. See the following demonstration video:

Drag images

If you want to view a specific part of the image, you can click the left mouse button to drag images. It’s easy to drag the part of the image you want to the middle, see the follows:


If you find amazing ideas or designs on a specific part of the image and want to leave a note, it’s also quite simple. First, enter the detailed view mode, then switch from  "Preview mode" to "Comment mode", and you can select a rectangular area wherever you like on the image and leave your comments/notes.

Use space to preview

Sometimes We just want to have a quick glance on the image list and don't want to view in the detailed mode. Eagle can also do in this scenario, just like the macOS system, you hit space to quickly preview all images on the image list.

Adjust settings to you your preference 

Eagle provides various image viewing preferences to meet different habits of different users, you can change behaviors of scrolling and double-click and etc.. You can adjust it by opening "Preference" > "Viewer".

Great! We have known the skills of viewing images! In next article, we are going to try Eagle search function, let's quickly search for images

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