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Apple Mac OS X tips and tweaks

Date: 29th December 2011     

Use Quick Look in Dock stacks to view files

Quick Look is a very useful feature in OS X on the Mac and it is used to view the contents of files without actually having to load them into an application. For example, if there is a document, photo, scan, or any one of a number of different file formats, you can right click it in a Finder window and select Quick Look to display it on the screen. Did you know that you can also Quick Look items in the Dock too?

Right clicking a file to select Quick Look is actually a slow and cumbersome way to use Quick Look to view the contents of files. All you need to do is to click a file on the desktop or in a Finder window and press the spacebar to view it.

At the right side of the Dock at the bottom of the screen is your Documents folder (drag it from a Finder window and drop it there if for some reason you don't have it). Right (or Ctrl) click the Documents folder in the Dock and select Fan view. Click the Documents folder and your documents are displayed in a curve up the screen. Position the mouse over any file in the fan and press the spacebar. The file is displayed using Quick Look. This is very useful for checking the contents of documents, images and other files before you open them.

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Right click the Documents folder in the Dock and select Grid view. Click the Documents folder and now the contents are displayed as large icons in a rectangular grid. Once again you can position the mouse over any file and press the spacebar to view it using Quick Look. You can even use the up, down, left and right arrow keys to move from file to file, displaying each one in Quick Look. It starts with the file in the top left corner when you use the keyboard, but then you can move around and view the files. When you have found the one you want, press Return to open it in the associated application.

Sadly you can't Quick Look files when List view is selected for the Documents folder in the Dock. It works in a Finder window, but not the Dock. Pressing spacebar just opens the file in the associated application.



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