Back in 2007, Apple introduced a new feature called “Quick view»For Mac, which allows you to preview content without launching an application designed for that file type. In our material, we will tell you about the features of this function and reveal some of the secrets of its management.
Quick Look works with folders, pictures, videos, music, documents and other files. So why was this feature invented, because the files run perfectly in the corresponding program? It’s all about speed. Fast browsing launches files almost instantly. Of course, there is a direct dependence on the type of content and its size, but still the launch process is much faster. This is very convenient when running through a large number of files, when running a resource-intensive application is long and energy-consuming.
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Quick view can be started by pressing Spaces… We selected the file, pressed the spacebar and voila – the picture or document is already open. We pressed the spacebar again – everything was closed. You can also close quick view cross in the upper left corner or by clicking the button ESC…
There are also buttons to expand the content to full screen, rotate the image and enable the layout mode.
And there is also default app launch buttonwhich you usually see when you run the file double click… You can also run the file in the application by double-clicking on the content.
There is a menu next to this button “Share this“, Which opens up sharing opportunities through mail, AirDrop, social networks and other services and applications.
Optionally, the size of the window is scaled.
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Watching video and listening to audio
Quick view is convenient to use both for listening to audio and for watching video, provided that it is played in iTunes. You may not even dream of any MKV or even a banal AVI, just like about any advanced playback settings, such as subtitles, quick window resizing or effects. Everything here is spartanly simple and basically this function is also used to quickly search for a file (when there is rubbish in the name), assess the quality of audio or video, or quickly jump to a moment in order to view or listen to something.
There are Play / Pause buttons, mute mode, rewind bar and playing time / time to end. The quick view also plays in the background (when minimized). Quick Look does not remember the current position in documents or multimedia content.
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Navigation in documents
Fast View does a good job of viewing documents (even friendly with Microsoft Office file formats). For example, if you open a PDF file, a sidebar appears on the right for quick page-by-page navigation.
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Viewing multiple files
Surely many novice macOS users, who first launch any image from a folder in the Finder, did not understand why pressing the left and right arrows does not turn over the images. The Photo application copes with this task, but you don’t want to bother with the media library. Fast scan is ideal for this purpose.
Just select the group of files you are interested in (or all files in a folder with the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + A) and press the spacebar. Now they can be flipped both with arrows and with swipes using the trackpad.
And if you press the key combination Command (⌘) + Return (Enter), then a window will be displayed with all the files displayed in thumbnails. This allows you to quickly jump to a specific content item.
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Viewing photos in slideshow mode
Quick Look has the ability to view images in slideshow mode without bothering to click on a button to flip through the images. Just select all images in Finder and use the keyboard shortcut Option (⌥) + space…
In a special menu, buttons for navigation, sharing, end of viewing and launch of all thumbnails are available.
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Displaying the actual size of the image
When viewing high-resolution images, the Quick Look function will automatically tile them to a comfortable viewing size. But if you want to see a picture on a one-to-one scale, then hold down the key Option (⌥)… In this mode, you can move around the image with the mouse or swipes. It is enough to release the Option key and the usual display mode will reappear.
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View attachments and web pages in the Mail app
Quick Look works outside of the Finder Explorer window as well. For example, any attached file to a letter can be viewed without launching the application by pressing the space bar. The same goes for links in the body of an email or text.
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Quick Look + Spotlight
There is also tight integration between Quick Look and Spotlight Search. You can preview any file it finds in Spotlight by simply highlighting the file. By the way, the search is started with a keyboard shortcut Control + space (for some users ⌘Cmd + space).
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Quick Look + Dock
Quick View also works with files attached to the Dock. And you can even open a folder in the Dock, hover over any file and press the spacebar. True, by turning on the playback of audio or video, rewinding will no longer be available. Just a pause.
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Zoom in Mission Control
Mission Control allows you to arrange all active windows on the desktop so that they do not overlap. Thus, users see the whole picture. But if there are a lot of windows, then they all turn into very small and poorly readable miniatures. If you move the cursor to any of them and press the space bar, the size of the window will increase.
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Using the underrated Quick View feature can speed things up a bit on macOS. If you know any other tricks related to Quick Look, then be sure to unsubscribe in the comments.