How To Close Photo Library On Mac

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When it comes to managing your photos on a Mac, one of the most important tasks is knowing how to properly close a photo library. Closing a photo library on Mac can be done in several ways, depending on the program you’re using for your photos. In this blog post, we’ll go over the different methods for closing a photo library in macOS so that you can make sure your photos are safe and secure.

The easiest way to close a photo library is by using the Force Quit option in the Apple Menu. To do this, press Option (or Alt), Command, and Esc (Escape). A Force Quit window will open and you can select the app that you want to quit and click “Force Quit”. This will end any active processes running in the background.

If you’re using an application like iPhoto or Photos, you can also quit them by selecting “Quit iPhoto/Photos” from the Apple menu.

For those who are looking for more permanent solutions for deleting photos and videos from their hard drive, there is an option available through Google Photos. You simply need to go to and select which items you want to permanently delete from your computer system. Once selected, click “Delete Permanently” at the top right of the page and all selected items will be removed from your hard drive forever.

Finally, if you’re simply looking to close out of a photo library without permanently deleting anything from your computer system, then simply choose File > Close Library from within your photo application software. This will completely close out of the application without affecting any of your files stored inside it or on other devices connected via shared drives or cloud services such as iCloud Drive.

We hope this blog post has been helpful in understanding how to close a photo library on Mac systems! If you have any further questions or concerns about working with digital media on macOS computers, feel free to reach out to us here at MacTech Support!

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Closing the Photos App on a Mac

To close the Photos app on your Mac, press the Option (or Alt), Command, and Esc (Escape) keys together. This will open the Force Quit window, which will list all of the apps currently running on your computer. Select the Photos app from the list and click Force Quit to close it. You can also click on the Apple menu. in the corner of your screen, then select Force Quit from the drop-down menu and choose Photos to close it.

Closing Library on Mac

To close a library on Mac, select the library in the Libraries sidebar in the Finder, then choose File > Close Library. If you are using media stored on shared storage, make sure to disconnect before closing the library. Alternatively, you can double-click the library file in the Finder to open and close it.

Exiting Photos on a Mac

It may be that you have not closed out a photo or album that you were previously viewing. To exit Photos on your Mac, make sure there are no photos open and then click the red close button in the upper left corner of the window. If the red close button does not appear, try pressing Command+Q on your keyboard. If this doesn’t work, you can use the Apple menu > Force Quit option to exit Photos.

Clearing Out Your Photo Library

Clearing out your photo library can be done in a few simple steps.

Firstly, go to the Photos app on your computer or device. Then, select the photos you want to delete and click “Delete”. To save time, you can select multiple photos at once by holding down the “Ctrl” or “Shift” key and then clicking on each photo you want to delete.

If you want to permanently delete all the photos in your library, you can do this by going to, pointing at the items you want to delete, clicking “Select” at the top left of the screen, then clicking “Delete Permanently” at the top right and confirming your selection with “Delete”.

You can also use third-party applications like Google Photos or Adobe Lightroom to help clear out your photo library quickly and efficiently.

Closing the Photo App

To close the photo app, begin by swiping up on the app. This will cause the app to move up off of the screen and close it. If you’re on a device with vertically-listed apps, swipe left or right to make the photo app appear at the top of the screen. Then, use your finger to swipe up and off the screen. Alternatively, some devices have an exit button in the upper-right corner of each app. To use this method, tap the exit button to close the photo app. Finally, if you see a three-line button with a small X, tap it to close all recently opened apps including your photo app.

Location of the Photo Library on a Mac

The System Photo Library on a Mac is located in the Pictures folder of your Mac. You can open this folder by opening Finder and selecting the ‘Pictures’ tab from the sidebar. Within this folder, you’ll find a library named ‘Photos Library’ which contains all of your photos. You can also create additional photo libraries on other external storage devices, such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive. To access these libraries, you should always use the Photos app on your Mac, which can be found in the Applications folder or by searching for it using Spotlight.

Consequences of Deleting Photo Library on Mac

If you delete your Photo Library on Mac, any photos or videos stored inside will no longer be available locally. However, if you have been using iCloud Photo Library, the photos and videos will still be available in your iCloud account. You can then create a new blank library on your Mac and set it to be the System Photo Library, which will sync all of the photos and videos from iCloud back to your Mac. If you don’t have iCloud Photo Library enabled though, then any photos or videos not backed up externally will be lost forever.

Will Deleteing Photos Library on Mac Affect Photos in iCloud?

No, deleting photos from your Mac’s Photos library will not delete them from iCloud. While Apple does sync Photos with iCloud storage by default, you can easily change this setting by going to System Preferences > iCloud > uncheck Photos and then clicking the “Options” button to deselect the checkbox next to “iCloud Photo Library”. This will allow you to keep your existing photos in iCloud while you delete photos from your Mac’s Photos library without them being deleted from your iCloud account.

Accessing the Mac Photo Library

The Photos Library on Mac is a place to store, organize, and view all your photos. It is located in the Pictures folder of your Mac and can be accessed through the Photos app. The Photos Library stores all photos that are transferred or copied from an iPhone or memory card. It also enables you to easily sort and view your photos by date taken, location, albums, people, or custom keywords. You can even edit and enhance your photos directly within the Photos app. This makes it easy to touch up photos before sharing them with friends or family.

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