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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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. kevinopp says:

    ok, got it. the article specifically said PDF’s, and that’s what i was testing it on. would be more useful in PDF’s w/ QuickLook IMO, since i just might need to see what tiny text says.

  2. Jamster says:

    In my case alt + wheel give the result. Yes, works with images, with pdf just scroll pages.

  3. Alberto says:

    Works with images, but not with pdfs

  4. kevinopp says:

    still nothing, it just scrolls the document up or down. my Universal Access is set up so that control + swiping up or down is my screen zoom, but that just does the same thing here. no effect with option except scrolling up or down, and if i use control instead, i zoom the entire screen, not the Quick Look document. i’m missing something, or it’s being disabled by the Universal Access setup.

  5. kevinopp says:

    p.s.–using a laptop trackpad.

  6. kevinopp says:

    i don’t get it, nothing’s happening. more details, please?

  7. Gnuut says:

    That’s got nothing to do with Quick Look – you are simply zooming the whole Mac display.

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