For purposeful listening to music or watching videos, most users use specialized programs and services – iTunes, QuickTime Player, VLC, online resources, etc. However, sometimes it becomes necessary to play just one or a few files from your hard drive, and you can do this right from the Finder.
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For example, you need to choose an audio track for an upcoming presentation or find a video from your last vacation. If these files have abstract names and / or are located in different directories, then searching through the built-in browser of the media player will be quite tedious. It will be somewhat more convenient to use the standard Finder tools. Audio and video files can be played without running additional applications.
The top panel of the Finder has buttons for switching file display modes: Columns, Icons, Gallery, and List. Any of them is suitable for fast playback of audio or video files.
Now you just need to select the desired multimedia file and move the mouse cursor over the thumbnail, as shown in the screenshots below, so that the Play / Pause button appears.
Audio tracks and videos played in this way cannot be switched between themselves, but you can rewind and rewind by swiping up and down on the trackpad or Magic Mouse.
In addition, you can quickly play audio or video content in Quick Look mode by highlighting the file and pressing the button Space on keyboard.