Getting Started

This page provides you with some browsing and search tips and shows you how to get started with the Image Viewer.

Browsing and Searching

Here are a couple of quick options to help you find what you are looking for:


Quickly limit your search by refining your results in the left sidebar, choosing from Category, Date(s), Rights, and Collection.

You can also conduct a search after faceting, but please remember to tick off ‘Preserve Filters’

Showing how to preserve filters when searching

Finding items by keyword

To search within all the metadata fields, enter your search term in the search box and select Keyword

Example of a keyword search using the term hockey

You can also search specifically within the Title, Description, and Date fields

Find items from a specific year

In order to make it easier to browse and limit your search, we’ve tagged every item with their decade, in addition to the specific date.

To search for items from a specific year, enter the year in the search box and choose the ‘Date’ box.

Example of a search for items from a specific year

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Download an image

To download a copy of the image, click on the Download icon.

Download icon


GIF showing how to download an image


The image will open in a new browser tab. To save the image, right-click > Save Image As

GIF showing how to save an image

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Manipulate images

Image Manipulation Toggle

You can toggle the Image Manipulation button to adjust the brightness, contrast, colour saturation, invert the colours, or to change colour images to black & white, and reset to restore the original image.

image manipulation tools


To make the image lighter or darker, use the slider to select a percentage with the Adjust Brightness tool.


To increase or reduce the contrast between darker and lighter areas of the image, use the Adjust Contrast tool.


To make the colours more intense or muted, use the Adjust Saturation tool.

Adjust Saturation tool


To change a colour image to black & white, click the Grayscale button.


To invert the colours to negative,  click the Invert tool.


To restore the original image, click the Reset button.

Download Your Image Manipulation Changes

If you want to download any changes you have made to the image, click Download and select Download Current View. To download the original image on your computer instead, select Download Entire Image.

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Change layout

Different views

Image View icon Image View  Gallery View icon Gallery View  

The Image View and Gallery View icons allow you to select different different views from the default view.

GIF showing how to switch image views

Full screen

Full screen icon 

To view the image in the full screen mode on your computer screen, click on the diagonal arrows at the top of the viewer.

Image emphazing the fullscreen button


 magnification icon

In the image viewing screen, you can zoom in or out, using the + or - tools on the bottom-right, to magnify or reduce the image's size on your screen.

GIF showing how to zoom in and out


rotation icons

To rotate the image, click on the rotating arrows to turn the image 90° clockwise or 90° counterclockwise.

GIF showing how to rotate an image

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Navigate images

To navigate to other pages in the document you can select them from the thumbnails below the image, or use the side arrows to go to the next page or to the previous one. The Thumbnail view beneath the screen shows you how many pages are in this document. The current page is highlighted.

To go to the next page or previous one, use the arrows to the left and right of the image.

GIF showing how to use the arrows to navigate between items

You can also click and drag the item from side to side or up and down within the image area to view different parts of the item and its details.

To Compare Multiple Items on your Screen

change layout icon 

Changing the layout allows you to compare multiple items.

You can change the number of visible slots within the viewer. This feature allows you to compare two items, or even multiple items, on your screen at the same time. Then, arrange the items on your screen using the Change Layout button.

GIF showing how to add a slot and compare another item

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More questions? Please contact us.

You can also learn more about the Mirador Viewer on the Project's homepage.