Ever find yourself looking for a particular picture but can’t remember the name so you have to look through all the files in a folder? Or maybe you want to show someone a document but don’t feel like waiting 60+ seconds for Microsoft Word to launch? Well an easy way to look through any file is Quicklook. Quicklook is a tool that lets you instantly preview any type of file.

Unless I’m trying to make changes to a file, Quicklook is what I use to view basically anything. It will open pictures in any format (.jpg, .png, .psd), word documents, pdf’s, powerpoint presentations, even audio and video files. All you have to do is highlight your desired file and press the Spacebar.

Here I’ve selected a image. I can see it’s thumbnail but, if I want to see a larger version without opening Preview or Photoshop, I can just press the spacebar and it comes up immediately.

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You can also select multiple files at a time. ?Notice at the bottom, some new buttons appear. ?The left and right arrows will move to the previous and next file. ?There is also a play button that will start a slide show. ?Using your arrow keys, you can also navigate between files.

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The next button is an “index sheet” which will bring up a grid with thumbnails of all the selected files.

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Quicklook-ing a folder will bring up information about its contents such as Size, Number of items inside, and the Date it was Last Modified.

Screen shot 2009-09-13 at 12.49.11 AMYou can also quicklook word documents and powerpoint presentations. ?This can be a real time-saver since you don’t have to wait for Word or Powerpoint to launch. ?There is a scroll bar to move between different pages as well.

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Last but not least, you can play audio and video files using Quicklook. ?Again, just click on your file and hit the spacebar.

Screen shot 2009-09-13 at 12.51.31 AMAgain you can select multiple files to create a make-shift playlist on the go.