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Display a photo count next to the library tab in iPhoto – iLife Tutorial

Tweak iPhoto's preferences to display a photo count next to your library tab for a better idea of how many images you've got on your Mac.

2-minute tutorial for beginners
Photo Count Tutorial - main imageWe’re all big fans of iPhoto; it’s become part and parcel of everyday life with our Macs. As a result, we sometimes can easily assume that what we see on the main interface is all we are getting. Of course this isn’t true at all: there are a number of ways to customise the way iPhoto looks and operates to suit our own needs. These can be as cosmetic as changing which colour the background is when skimming through pictures, to more practical improvements like having iPhoto display the number of photos in each section listed in the left-hand pane. It is this simple, but incredibly effective tip that we’re going to show you today. It’s so simple that you can use it at any time for any length of time. If you’re feeling adventurous, explore the rest of the Preferences pane while you are there. There’s a ton of cool stuff to discover.

iPhoto Photo Count Tutorial - Step by Step

iPhoto Photo Count Tutorial - Step 1

Step 1: Preferential treatment
Access the Preferences by clicking on the iPhoto menu at the top of the interface and then selecting, you guessed it, Preferences. This will bring up a new dialog box in the middle of your iPhoto screen.

iPhoto Photo Count Tutorial - Step 2

Step 2: Click it
With a simple click you can turn on the Item Counts. This will then show how many photos are in each section on the left-hand pane of the main interface. Use this button at any time to toggle the stats on and off.