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The ability to preview images, both full screen as well at 100%, in Bridge without actually opening them in Photoshop is one of the lesser-known, yet most useful features in Bridge. Certainly we can make our thumbnails larger by scaling up here, and we can see our images large, or we could go and we could change maybe to the Preview workspace, but there's a much easier way to see your images full screen, and that is to simply tap the spacebar.
When you tap the spacebar in Bridge you go into Full Screen mode, and I can actually click in my image to zoom up to 100%. In fact, I can use the Plus key to zoom up to, like, 800% if I want to, or I could use the Minus key to zoom back down to 100%. Tap the Minus key one more and I go back to full screen. And there's no keyboard modifier. When you're in this Full Screen mode, it's just the Plus and the Minus key.
If I want to move to the next image, I just need to use my arrow keys, so I'll tap the right arrow key and I can move from one image to the next. If I want to escape and go back to Bridge, I just tap the Escape key. When I tapped the spacebar, I actually had this first image selected and no other images selected, and because I only had one image selected, Bridge actually assumed that I probably wanted to see all of my images. But if you just have a range of images that you want to see, you can select the first image and then hold down the Shift key to select that range and then when you tap the spacebar, you'll go in and you'll see the first image, and as you toggle through by using that right arrow key, you'll go through only the images you have selected and then when you go to the end, it'll go ahead and start back at the beginning.
Now one thing to be careful about: if I tap the Escape key, and if I have no images selected, if I actually want to use the menu item, the View > Full Screen Preview, you'll notice that it's grayed out. So if I'm going to use the menu item, I need to make sure that I have the images selected that I want to preview before choosing it from the View menu. So now you know, to preview your images quickly without having to open them in Photoshop, simply select the images you want to see and tap the spacebar to go into full screen preview mode.
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