Viewing File Contents With Quick Look

Quick Look gives you the ability to view the contents of files without needing to open them up in an app. You can easily view a single photo or document by pressing the spacebar. You can also page through PDF files or view groups of photos. If you open up the Quick Look window you can continue to select different files with the cursor or arrow keys and the window will reflect whatever is selected.

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    6 years ago

    I have always wished I could have the option to display file information along side the image using quick look. In other words, instead of clicking Command I, that I could simply space-bar the file and then optionally display the file info. Do you know of any utilities that would do that?

    6 years ago

    Lance: If you use the Preview pane (View, Show Preview) in the Finder, you get that. You don't even need to hit the spacebar. You could also use the Info panel (Comand+Option+i) and the Info "window" will stick around and display information for any file you like.

    Lauren Eisen
    6 years ago

    gary, i've been having an intermittent problem with quick view which i do use frequently. sometimes when i press the space bar the item i am trying to view will open but then will quickly close on its own. other times it will open as it should and stay viewable. any ideas why this happens? thanks so much for all your great tutorials!

    6 years ago

    Lauren: My guess is that you are holding the spacebar too long, as I show in the video. If you hold for too long, it opens and then closes when you release. You have to tap quickly to have it open and stay opened until you tap again.

    6 years ago

    In earlier os there was a hack (?) titled zip.qlgenerator or something like that that allowed one to view contents of zip files using QL. Now that doesn't work on the latest OS and would sorely like to have that method available via QL.

    6 years ago

    Thank you! I never knew this, and it will be so convenient. Really appreciate your tips.

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