Gallery view

Gallery View Databases
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Gallery view is the best way to display databases with visual components, like mood boards, office directories, virtual recipe boxes, and more 🖼️

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Here's how to to add a database in gallery view to Notion:

  1. Create a new page in your workspace.

  2. Under Get started with, click the ••• and then Gallery.

If you want to create an inline gallery, type /Gallery view on any page and press enter.

You can add a gallery to an existing database to view its data in that format.

  1. Click + Add a view or the name of the current view at the top left of your database.

  2. Select Gallery from the dropdown menu, and give it a name in the text box.

  3. Click Create and your brand new gallery will pop up.

  4. You can still toggle back to other views using that same left dropdown.

Tip: You can apply these actions to multiple database pages at once. Just select all the pages you want to modify. Then, right click or use the shortcut cmd/ctrl + / to edit properties in bulk!

Edit your gallery so it does the job you need it to do. There are several ways to change its organization and appearance to fit the task at hand.

Change card preview

To change the card preview:

  1. Click the ••• menu

  2. Select Layout and Card preview

You have several options for which images appear in your gallery:

  • Page cover: Gallery will display the cover images selected on each page.

  • Page content: Gallery will display the first image in the body of each page in the gallery. If there is no image, it will show a preview of the content on the page.

  • Files & media: Gallery will display image files uploaded in a file property.

Fit, stretch & reposition images

There are a few ways your images can show up in your gallery:

  • To see your whole images inside their card frames, go to Properties and then switch on Fit image. You'll see them change size accordingly.

  • To crop your images so they fill your card frames, switch off Fit image. This is the default.

  • To change the part of your image shown on a card, hover over any card and click Reposition. Then drag your image accordingly and click Save position.

Rearrange cards

To reorder the cards in your gallery, just click and hold, then drag left, right, up, or down.

Card size

You can choose your images to display as small, medium, or large.

  • Go to Properties at the top right of your gallery.

  • Click on the Card size dropdown and select the size you want.

Tip: You can also hide the name of any card in your gallery, allowing you to show the image as a standalone element. In the Properties menu, switch off Name. Helpful for simple and elegant mood boards and photo collections.

Display, hide & order properties

You can choose which properties you want displayed underneath your images in your gallery. In the directory example, you can show or hide the location and title tags.

  • Click Properties and then click the switches next to the properties in your database to hide or show them.

  • Rearrange the order they display on your gallery cards by using the ⋮⋮ icon to drag them up or down in the Properties menu.


How can I turn a full page database into an inline database?

  1. If it's not already, drag the database from your sidebar into another page. It will become sub-page

  2. Go to that page, click the ⋮⋮ button next to the database sub-page and select Turn into inline.

    • Click the ⋮⋮ button and select Turn into page to change it back.

Is there a way to skip the modal view, and always Open as Page by default?


  1. Click the ••• at the top right of your database.

  2. Under Layout, click Open pages in and select Full page.

How can I include an emoji in a tag, such as "🔥Urgent"?

Use your computer's emoji picker to include emojis in-line on a Notion page, or anywhere else on your computer! Here are shortcuts to bring up the picker:

Mac: ctrl + cmd + space

Windows 10: windows key + . or windows key + ;

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