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In OS X, you can easily view the contents of almost any file in the Finder by using Quick Look. But, did you know you can also do the same with the command line. The head and tail commands let you preview the first or last bits of a text file you’re working with, letting you narrow down the file that you need without opening it in a text editor like nano.
Most of us think of the Finder as just another part of OS X; the window that pops up to help us find our files. But it's definitely got more use to it than just a file browser. Read on for a few tricks you can learn today to help you utilize Finder's hidden features.
Do you know any Terminal tricks or third-party apps that can bring these three things back to Lion? First, the winding gear in the lower-right corner of a Finder window that lets me know the information is being accessed, just not visible yet. Second, the line of info at the bottom of the Finder window that tells me the number of items and disk space remaining. And third, the translucent QuickLook window, instead of solid gray.
The Mac OS X Finder is the first thing anyone sees when you boot a Mac, and that’s one thing that hasn’t changed since 1984. One thing that has changed, however, is all of the ways we interact with the seemingly simple user interface -- especially after the introduction of Snow Leopard 10.6.
Quick Look is arguably one of the best baked-in features that most Mac users take for granted in OS X. By selecting a file and clicking the space bar, users are given an almost instant sneak-peek at the file's contents, be it an image, video or text. This can be an incredible time and sanity-saver when trying to locate a particular file that you can't quite recall the name of. However, if you want access to any more functionality than the sneak-peek that Quick Look affords, you'll have to open up the application responsible for producing the file you're viewing.
Most of the time.
Printing a document while still in Quick Look is an easy, if not immediately obvious way of speeding up your work flow. Here's how it's done.
I love Quick Look, easily the best feature Apple’s added to the Mac OS in years. But sometimes when I Quick Look a PDF, the text is too small to read. Can I zoom in on that, or do I have to just open the PDF in Preview and zoom in that way?
AppleInsider.com is reporting that Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, will be featuring Quick Look technology that allows users to preview audio and video files as part of that file’s icon.
A source with access to the pre-release software told AppleInsider that hovering the mouse pointer over a file icon in the Finder will trigger a triangular “Play” button to appear on the file’s icon. Clicking on it begins audio or video playback. As an audio file plays, the “Play” button turns into a square “Stop” button with a ring around it. The ring fills according as the track progresses. Video files act similarly, with the icon becoming the video itself.
The source noted that this style of Quick Look could be switched back to 10.5 Leopard’s Finder window preview style with a simple whack on the spacebar.
The icon Quick Look feature also works for other files such as those for iWork and Microsoft Office. But unless users have their icon size bumped up to the maximum, Snow Leopard testers say the feature is rather useless. Having the latest Mac OS is cool, but having to wear drugstore “readers” to use it… not so cool.