The Browser

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The Image Browser displays thumbnails of selected images from a folder, Album, Smart Album, Project, Group and a Catalog.

Browsing thumbnails

When browsing images you have three different thumbnail view options: Filmstrip, Grid View and List View to suit your personal preference. Choose your preferred thumbnail view option from the Image Browser toolbar. (See thumbnail options circled in blue in the top left corner).  

The Image Browser will show thumbnails as they are edited, and the entire view and mask if the image is cropped. Use the Image Browser to navigate an image collection and to select files. A number of actions can be performed in the Image Browser, which include adding a star rating and color tag and the use of the Loupe function to examine thumbnails in close-up detail.

Tip: It is easy to maximize the Image Browser by hiding The Viewer. Simply select View > Viewer to toggle it off. Select View > Viewer again to add the Viewer.

Filmstrip View

Filmstrip View leaves more space for the Image Viewer and supports a fast workflow for sessions with fewer images. Adjust the size of the thumbnails by dragging the browser window up or down. (This will make the size of the thumbnails adapt automatically to fit the selected browser size).

Grid View

Grid View is ideal to browse numerous images quickly especially when using the arrow keys to scroll UP/DOWN or LEFT/RIGHT. 


List View

The List View displays more file information (such as aperture and shutter speed settings) and provides a sequential view of the images in a folder or album.   


Browser view modes

There are several Image Browser viewing options to help you get the best user experience as follows:

  • Go to View > Browser and ensure it is toggled on to see the Image Browser at the same time as The Viewer. The menu command will toggle it on and off.
  • Select View > Customize Browser > Auto Hide Mode to enable hiding the Browser from view until you move your curser to the right of the screen where it will automatically pop up (or to the bottom of the screen if you have selected the Place Below option). When you move the curser away the Browser will disappear from view. You can toggle Auto Hide Mode off again.
  • Select View > Customize Browser > Place Below to change the default position of the browser thumbnails from the right side of the user interface the the bottom. Once selected, this option will change to Place Right.
  • Go to View > Customize Browser > to select a different thumbnail size.
  • Go to View > Customize Browser > Labels for three options. Off will hide the star rating and color tag. Edit mode enabling users to alter the star rating and color tag directly in the browser. Status Mode displays the star rating and color tag but disables any editing capability.  
  • Select View > Customize Browser > Browser Toolbar to remove the thumbnail view and thumbnail sorting options as well as the search facility and thumbnail zoom slider from the toolbar.


Zoom slider: Thumbnail size

Adjust and set the thumbnail size by dragging the zoom slider (located in the top right corner of the Browser window) or by selecting View>Browser Zoom. Please note that the zoom slider is not present when using the Film Strip mode.

Learn more

  • The Browser has an easy to use search function. Find out how to perform a text, color tag or star rating search here.
  • Discover how to use the Loupe Tool in the Image Browser.

Thumbnail icon: Adjusted

Adjusted: An icon will appear as soon as any image adjustments have been applied. All the adjustments are listed within the Adjustments Clipboard.

Thumbnail icons: Offline and View Only

Offline: A question mark icon will appear when an image is offline. Image files that are located inside a catalog and files that are referenced in their current location can be browsed offline. Find out more about Offline Browsing.

View Only: An eye icon means the file has a View Only permission status. This means users have the right to view the image but are unable to make any modification to it.

Thumbnail icon: Processed

Processed: An orange cog icon will appear in a thumbnail while the file is being processed. The icon will turn white once processing is complete.

This icon also signifies that the file has a 'Variant Process History' that the user can access by selecting Adjustments>Process History.

Thumbnail icons: Appearance Warning and Read Only

Appearance Warning: An exclamation mark signifies that there may be a problem with the appearance of an image. This can be caused when an image is rendered using settings from a later version of Capture One.

Read Only: A crossed over pencil will appear in the bottom right corner of an image if a file is unsupported or if you don’t have the access rights to edit a file. You might see this read-only icon if you try to edit images files located on a camera or a un-connected external disk.
Note: JPEG files will have a read-only icon if the Enable JPEG Editing option is unchecked.

Thumbnail icon: Variants

Variants: Collapse or expand a Variant group if you have a number of variants for a certain image. Click on the small icon in the top left corner of a thumbnail. Find out more about Variant Groups.

Thumbnail icon: Video

Video: Video files are displayed with a movie camera icon in the center of the thumbnail. Once the thumbnail has been selected, it is possible to play the video in the Viewer. Find out more about viewing videos.