Initiate Quick Look using a Multi-Touch Gesture

Most people by now have discovered the fantastic Quick Look feature in OS X by using the spacebar to preview a file, folder, or volume in the Finder. You can also use the ‘cmd’ + ‘Y’ keys or select ‘Quick Look’ from the Finder’s File Menu.

Initiate Quick Look using a Multi-Touch Gesture

However, for us lot that use portables or use the Bluetooth Magic Trackpad, the good news is that there’s a cheeky Multi-Touch Gesture for us too!

Simply select the file or folder in question as usual, and instead of any of the above options to initiate Quick Look, perform a three-finger tap (NOT click) and the Quick Look preview should appear. Be VERY careful not to click the item, it must be a trackpad tap!

If you’re precise with your three-finger tap, you don’t need to select the ‘Quick Lookable’ item first, the three-finger tap will select the item and Quick Look it.

Performing a three-finger tap again will clear the Quick Look preview.

Disclaimer:

While the author has taken care to provide our readers with accurate information, please use your discretion before acting upon information based on the blog post. Amsys will not compensate you in any way whatsoever if you ever happen to suffer a loss/inconvenience/damage because of/while making use of information in this blog.

This feature has been tested using OS X v10.8.4 which was the latest Mac OS release at the time of writing.

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