Launch a file into its associated application via Quick Look preview

Jun 21, 2010 - 6 Comments

You can immediately launch any file into its associated application from Quick Look preview mode by holding down the command key and then pressing the down arrow key, so if you’re looking at a PSD file it will launch in Photoshop, a JPG into Preview, MP3 into iTunes, etc, directly from Quick Look!

quicklook down arrow

Thank you Greg for the handy tip!


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Posted by: Bill Ellis in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. labuta says:

    i use spacebar for quick look…

  2. Sreekar says:

    the easiest one to open the file in the default application will be double clicking on the file itself while you preview through Quick look. :)

  3. Michael says:

    What about the opposite? When you click on an item in a dock folder/stack, it opens using its default program. Is there a way to go from that to quick look?

  4. ianf says:

    ADMINISTRIVIA: actually, it’s “…into its associated…,” not “…into it’s associated…” as stated. ITS, comma period.

  5. Kerry says:

    Actually, this isn’t a quick look shortcut; it’s a finder shortcut and has worked since the inception of OS X.

    You can also use Command + O


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