Use Quick Look Instead Of Preview To View Files

WHen trying to find images or other files to use, many new Mac users try to use the Preview app to view these files to pick one. Despite its name, Preview is not the ideal app for previewing files. Instead use Quick Look or one of two other methods.

Comments: 6 Responses to “Use Quick Look Instead Of Preview To View Files”

    Jeanne Bragg
    1 week ago

    Gary–Do you name your files just after you take them, or what is your method?
    I am, sadly, not so disciplined.

    1 week ago

    Jeanne: Yes. You have to save the file, so might as well use something better than “Untitled.” If you aren’t doing that because it takes some effort to come up with the perfect file name, then forget about perfect. Just put something OK. You can always change it later. Better to put “gs stuff” than “Untitled 7” and change to “Garage Sale 2021 Item List” later on.

    Mick
    6 days ago

    Thanks Gary – As always I learn something new in every one of your tutorials. Regards Mick

    Sherry Elliott
    3 days ago

    Love Quick Look and your videos. When I try to use it about half the time it opens the file in Preview. Just one click. How to make that only happen with 2 clicks as you describe?

    3 days ago

    Sherry: One click should just select a file, and two to open. If you click to select, then spacebar to bring up Quick Look. Maybe you are pressing twice by accident?

    Sherry Elliott
    3 days ago

    No definitely pressing only once. This has been driving me nuts for weeks. I’ve tried changing all the mouse settings. Changing the Preview preferences. Running Disk First Aid. Restarting the computer. Replacing the battery in mouse. Think it might have started when I upgraded Big Sur. Currently running 11.2.3.

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