Sharing Photos On The Mac

One of the most important things we do with our Macs is process, store and use our photos. Most people use the builtin Photos App for this purpose. On occasion we need to Share a photo or two with friends and family or with another application. Sharing photos on the Mac is easy to do, let’s look at the possibilities.

Sharing Photos

There are several different ways to share photos on the Mac, but they all flow out of the Share Menu. To access the Share Menu you right-click on a photo:1

Share Menu
Share Menu

Several sharing choices are presented when you activate the Share Menu. You can share a photo with a writing or page layout App. Or, you can share a photo with other people using Email, Messages or AirDrop. Either way, when you choose your sharing method the appropriate application is activated for the sharing process.

The items on this sharing drop down list are contained in the System Preferences / Extensions / Share Menu area:

Extensions
Extensions

I have covered the Share Menu Extensions in another article, but suffice it to say there are two ways items are added to this Share Menu list. Of course, the application or function has to have sharing capabilities coded in to its structure before it can do either of these things. First, when some applications are installed, they are added to this menu and activated automatically. However, other applications or functions, while being added to the list, are not activated automatically. You have to go in and check the box to start this service:

Share Check The Box
Share Check The Box

The flip side of that is if you do not wish for one of these applications to appear in the Share Menu on your Mac, you can uncheck it. Sometimes the Share Menu can get a little crowded so it pays to review this Extensions area to include only the items you will be using.

By the way, the Share Menu does not just appear in the Photos App. It is built into the macOS so you can use it almost anywhere.

Conclusion

Our photos are probably the most important thing on our Mac. Sharing photos on the Mac is really easy to do. There are several different ways to share a photo depending on what you are trying to do with it. If you have not tried some of the methods on the Sharing Menu, do some experimenting to see what works for you.

  1. You can also share multiple photos as well.