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Toggle Between Full Size & Scaled Images in Quick Look for OS X

Dec 4, 2013 - 1 Comment
Full size Quick Look images in OS X

The infinitely useful instant preview tool of Quick Look has been a feature of Mac OS X for quite some time now, and users have long been able to use either a key modifier or multitouch gesture to zoom in and out of the Quick Look preview windows of an image or PDF file. Now … Read More

3 Ways to View Zip & Archive Contents Without Extracting in Mac OS X

Jun 17, 2013 - 2 Comments
View Archive contents without extraction with BetterZipQL

Wondering what is in that zip file or archive you downloaded, but you don’t want to extract it to find out? Maybe you are hunting around in a see of archives for a specific file you zipped up a while ago, but you’re not quite sure which archive contains it? You can easily peer into … Read More

Preview All Text Files in Quick Look with the QLStephen Plugin for Mac OS X

Jan 30, 2013 - 4 Comments
Quick Look before

By now you’re probably familiar with Quick Look, used in the Mac Finder and Open/Save Dialogs to view an instant preview of any file simply by selecting it and hitting the spacebar or a tap gesture in OS X. It works amazingly well to see what something is before you open it, but if you’ve … Read More

Instantly Open Anything with Quick Look in OS X Using a Simple Tap Gesture

Sep 14, 2012 - 7 Comments
Tap Gesture to Open Quick Look

Did you know you can instantly open any file into Quick Look with just a simple gesture? From the Finder in OS X Mountain Lion onward, all you need to do is hover the cursor over the file in question, then do a three-fingered single tap on the file to immediately launch the document into … Read More

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 … Read More

9 Tricks for the Full Screen Slideshow Feature in OS X

Sep 6, 2012 - 12 Comments
OS X Full Screen Slideshow in Finder

Did you know the Finder in Mac OS X has a built-in instant image slide-show feature? It’s part of Quick Look, and though it’s been around a while, it’s a little known feature that is really great when you want to quickly show off a group of pictures, or even if you just want to … Read More

Preview a URL Directly in Mail for Mac OS X

Apr 17, 2012 - 9 Comments
Preview Websites in Mail app for OS X

Everyone gets emails filled with links, but what do you do when an incoming message includes a potentially dubious URL that you aren’t quite so sure about? Rather than crossing your fingers and blindly clicking the link to open in the default web browser, try this tip out:

Open Files from Quick Look to Other Applications

Dec 14, 2011 - 3 Comments
Open a File with Another Application from Quick Look

Quick Look in Mac OS X Lion includes a “Open with [Application Name]” button in the upper right corner of the windows, but you’re not limited to launching the file in only that app. Right-Click on the suggested application name to show a contextual menu where you can select to open the file in another … Read More

Select Text in Quick Look Windows for Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2011 - 21 Comments
Select Text within QuickLook Windows

Quick Look is one of the better little features of Mac OS X, but a new hidden option in OS X makes QuickLook even better by allowing you to select, highlight, and copy text directly from the windows.

Zoom Into Images from Quick Look Preview Windows of Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2010 - 4 Comments
quick look zoom

You can zoom in and out into any image within Quick Look, the instant image viewer built into the OS X Finder, simply by holding down the “Option” key and then using either a scroll wheel on a mouse, or a two finger up or down swipe gesture on a multi-touch track pad. Scrolling up … Read More

Play music files immediately in the Finder with Quick Look

Oct 5, 2010 - 9 Comments
play song music mp3 in finder

You can play any song or audio file directly within the Finder by using Quick Look. Just select the audio file and then hit the Spacebar or Command+Y to bring up Quick Look and start playing the song. You can also scrub around within the song which makes it a great way to see if … Read More

Zoom into a picture with Quick Look

Sep 17, 2010 - 9 Comments
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Here’s a Quick Look tip that’s pretty useful: you can zoom into any picture or PDF within Quick Look by holding down the Option key and then using the scroll wheel or trackpad. Try it out!

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