Preview & Watch Videos Directly in Spotlight

Apr 13, 2012 - Leave a Comment

Watch or Preview Video and Movies in Spotlight

From Mac OS X Lion and onward, videos and movie files can be previewed and played directly in the Spotlight search results menu. To try this out for yourself:

  1. Hit Command+Space and search for a movie or video file
  2. Hover over the video search result until the thumbnail preview pops up to the left
  3. Hover over the thumbnail to find a “Play” button

This isn’t really a viable option to watch a long video, but it is extremely useful to quickly locate a specific video or a scene within some movie file without opening a ton of individual files into QuickTime Player.

A similar feature lets you play videos directly in a Finder window, that feature works in Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier as well.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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