Image Pane

The image pane is the region of the main window that displays the selected image. The image pane allows adjustment of display size and orientation; it also provides several methods to manipulate the image with the mouse and keyboard.

Image display

The image is drawn to the screen as it is decoded from disk. The image can be panned and zoomed while it is still loading. Image adjustment operations for rotation, mirror, and flip will delay until the image is completed. The adjustment queue will remember one operation and will retain the most recently requested function, which will be performed once the image has finished loading.

The quality of the image, especially when using the zoom feature, is dependent on the settings that are available on the Image tab of the preferences dialog.

To increase the speed of loading the next image when navigating the image list in sequence, enable the Preload next image option.

Image Overlay

An image overlay can be turned on and off by repeatedly pressing I . This overlay can either display image data such as f-stop, shutter speed and descriptive text, or a histogram.

Data the overlay will always show is:

  • Marks , if they are selected

If the histogram is being displayed, K will switch the histogram between colors, and J will toggle between a linear or logarithmic histogram.

Data the overlay displays is customizable through the Image Overlay Template option in the Windows tab in the Preferences dialog.

Image panning and manipulation

When the image size is larger than the image pane, the visible region can be changed with the keyboard or mouse. The keyboard can also be used to adjust the orientation of the image.

Keyboard and mouse

Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts describes how you may manipulate the image displayed.

The rotation, mirror, and flip functions do not change the image data, they merely change the image as you view it. You may store the modified orientation into metadata manually with Edit ▸ Orientation ▸ Apply the orientation to image content , or this may happen automatically if Write altered image orientation to the metadata is set in Metadata Options


Press the left mouse button on the image and hold it, then move the mouse to pan the image in the desired direction. Releasing the mouse button will stop the panning operation. The mouse wheel can also be used to scroll the image when holding down the Shift key 2 .

To scale the image size hold down the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel up to zoom in, or down to zoom out.

Smooth Scroll

To start the smooth scroll function hold down the Control key and click the left mouse button. An icon will appear at the location of the mouse pointer, the mouse can then be positioned to pan the image. The image will pan in the direction of the mouse pointer relative to the icon. The pan speed will increase in proportion to the distance that the pointer is from the center of the icon. To end the smooth scroll function click the left mouse button within the image pane.

Mouse Wheel Mode

A single click on the mouse middle button will toggle the function of the mouse wheel between "change image" and "change zoom".

This option cannot be used if either the Preference Mouse wheel scrolls image or Navigation by left or middle click on image are selected.

In Split View mode, each window can be clicked individually so that, in Quad View for example, Connected Zoom can be on 2, 3 or all 4 windows.

Context menu

Right clicking the mouse or pressing the menu key while the image has the focus will display a menu. The menu functions will perform the same as those that match the window's menu bar , however a few functions are unique to the context menu:

View in new window

Opens a new window containing a second copy of the current image.

Pause slide show, Continue slide show

Controls the pause state of an active slide show, the text of the menu will change to reflect the action that will be performed.

Drag and Drop

Files and folders can be dropped onto the image pane, dropping a file will display the file and dropping a folder will change the main window to display the contents of the folder. When dropping multiple items on the image pane, only the first item in the list will be used, all additional items will be ignored.

A drag and drop operation can be initiated from the image pane with the middle mouse button, the dragged item will contain the file path of the displayed image.

Displaying images side by side

Using View > Split item from the main menu, image pane can be split into either two or four panes, allowing one to display images side by side. You may use drag'n drop to change images in each pane.

Connected zoom is possible through the View▸Zoom▸Connected Zoom menu item. Zoom is then applied to all displayed images.

Connected scrolling is also possible using Shift and primary mouse button.

As a general rule, hotkeys and mouse without shift affects just one image and with shift all images.

2 The mouse wheel behavior for scrolling and image step can be swapped with the "Mouse wheel scrolls image" option located on the Behaviour tab of the preferences dialog.