Open a File with Any App Directly from Quick Look in Mac OS X

Sep 9, 2012 - 5 Comments

Open Files with any other app from Quick Look in OS X

Quick Look is one of the most handy features in Mac OS X to quickly get a preview of files, but you can also use it as an application launcher of sorts to quickly send a file to a compatible app. Similar to the “Open With” menu that can be summoned by right-clicking on a file within the Finder, but Quick Look gets the upper hand because it provides a preview of the file in question. Here’s how to use this feature:

  • Select any file in the Finder and hit Spacebar to see it in Quick Look
  • Right-click on the “Open with …” button to reveal all other app choices

This works with just about any file type, so long as the file type is recognized and there are applications installed that could read it. If you see apps in the list that shouldn’t be there given the file type, clearing the Open With menu will impact both Quick Look and the right-click option.

As usual quick Quicklook, you can also enter the slideshow from here if it’s a group of images that has been selected.

This handy little trick was found over at CultOfMac.

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

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  1. Jacob says:

    Interesting little hidden trick, though I don’t know how much more I’d use this than just right-clicking the file to use Open With menu.

  2. Dan says:

    Left-click and hold the Open With Preview button also brings up the menu.

    In fact there are quite a few Left-click and hold menu options on ML. Show All in System Preferences for example.

  3. Dr_Hicks says:

    Or buy a refurbished Mac Mini and turn it into a server for $20

  4. otto says:

    I think I am too stupid for this trick. There is no “Open with…” button in my Quick Look app. And yes, it’s 10.8.1.

  5. otto says:

    EDIT: Ooom. Hitting the spacebar opens another kind of Quick Look as the double click.

    I even did not know that there is a difference between Quick Look and Preview. Lession learned.

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