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3 Useful Mac Features You Should Be Using

Jul 18, 2023 - 4 Comments
Mac tips

MacOS is loaded with features, and while some of them are obvious (like the Dock), there are a ton of other features on the Mac that may not be widely used by all Mac users. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss three super useful Mac features that all MacOS users should be using, … Read More

How to Markup, Draw, & Write on Images on Mac from Finder with Quick Look

Sep 7, 2021 - 2 Comments
How to Markup, Draw, & Write on Images on Mac from Finder with Quick Look

Looking for a way to quickly annotate images and screenshots on your Mac, right from the Finder? Sure you could use Preview, or a third party app, but thanks to Markup it’s also a feature that is available natively in macOS Finder. Markup is also pretty easy to access and has all the basic tools … Read More

How to Clear Quick Look Cache in Mac OS

Aug 21, 2018 - 10 Comments
Clear Quick Look Cache on Mac

Quick Look is the ever-handy feature in Mac OS that allows you to select a file in the file system and get a quick preview of it, whether you’re in the Finder, an Open or Save dialog, or even some apps. Quick Look is a great feature with many abilities on the Mac that makes … Read More

How to Play MP3 or Audio Without Adding to iTunes Library on Mac

Mar 27, 2018 - 15 Comments
Listen to audio in iTunes without adding to iTunes library

Want to play an mp3, m4a, or audio file on a Mac, but you don’t want to add that MP3 or audio file to your iTunes Library? There are a few different ways to accomplish this task; one approach allows you to play an audio file in an iTunes playlist without copying it to the … Read More

See Large Preview of Mission Control Thumbnails in Mac OS

Jul 3, 2017 - 11 Comments
See a large preview in Mission Control on Mac

Mission Control offers a way to see all open windows on a Mac easily and from a single screen, but if you have a ton of windows open then the thumbnails shown in Mission Control can be quite small. Thus, you might be wishing you could see a larger preview of the thumbnail preview tile … Read More

Preview Files in Trash with Quick Look for Mac

Jun 2, 2016 - 7 Comments

Have you ever noticed that once a file is in the Trash, you can’t open it or view it? If you try to open or use an item that is within the Trash in Mac OS X, you’ll get a dialog warning that says “The document ‘name’ can’t be opened because it’s in the Trash. … Read More

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 - 10 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 Mac 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 Mac OS (from 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 … 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 the file types default app, or even launch the file into another compatible Mac app. Used this … Read More

9 Tricks for the Full Screen Slideshow Feature in Mac OS X

Sep 6, 2012 - 32 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 - 10 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 to get a preview of the URL … Read More

Open Files from Quick Look in Default App or Other Applications on Mac

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

Did you know you can launch a file directly into its default app, right from a Quick Look preview on Mac? And you can open the files from Quick Look preview into other compatible Mac apps too.

Select Text in Quick Look Windows for Mac OS X

Nov 21, 2011 - 24 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

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 in Quick Look from Anywhere in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2010 - 9 Comments

You can play any song or audio file directly from within the Quick Look windows of Mac OS X, and that means music can be played from Finder as well as Open and Save dialogs, or anywhere else you can use the Quick Look function.

Zoom into a picture with Quick Look

Sep 17, 2010 - 9 Comments

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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