Quick Look allows Finder and various other apps to preview files quickly.

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FLAC audio support for OS X 10.9

Someone please remind me of what software I need to install to get as full support for FLAC audio as possible. I've figured out how to do this, and then forgotten again, perhaps a dozen times over ...
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Quick Look support for non-native video files (.avi, .mkv) on Mavericks

In the past, we've been able to get codecs for DivX/XviD/MPEG4 and support for containers like AVI, MKV in Mac OS X's Quick Look feature using Perian (as per this question). As noted on the Perian ...
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QuickLook blanks when displaying some images

When using QuickLook to quickly look through multiple images (pressing space and then using the arrow keys to navigate), some images will not get displayed by QuickLook when hitting them up a second ...
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QuickLook for files with no extension or an unknown extension

I'm a programmer, and I find Mac's QuickLook a really great feature for quickly becoming familiar with a particular code base. Basically, I open up a Finder window in the directory where my code ...
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Are there QuickLook plugins that show more details about Applications? (.app)

Is there a better QuickLook plugin than the built-in for quicklooking applications? Something that would show more of the info define in Foobar./Contents/Info.plist, like version number and bundle ...
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Is there an .ogg plugin for quicklook?

Is there one of these? I could not find one with a basic search on google. If not, is it possible to make it look and behave exactly like the default audio quicklook in objective-C?
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Use Quicklook to see the Content of .JSON files?

Currently, I can use the space bar to preview a number of files such as .txt, .css, .html etc in Quick Look. I cannot, however, see the actual contents of a .json file. Is there any possible way to ...
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Customize Quick Look to allow me to view .yml files

I would like to use "space" to preview *.yml files directly out of the finder on Mac OS X. I think I have to tell finder to launch the text file quick view handler for files with that type and this ...
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How do I get syntax highlighting of source code files within Quick Look back in Lion?

Source code files viewed using Quick Look on Snow Leopard had syntax highlighting. Unfortunately the syntax highlighting has disappeared on OS X Lion. Is there a way to get it back?
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Quick Look sometimes shows blank panel in Mavericks

I have OSX 10.9.2 and on some photos the Preview shows blank panel instead of the image. Sometimes it opens the image, other times it's blank (for the same image). I can't find similar reports on ...
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QuickLook HTML plugin?

I'm looking for a plugin that will display me the text of HTML files in QuickLook rather than a preview of the rendered HTML. Does anyone know of such a plugin?
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This PDF displays with question marks instead of letters

Something is wrong with the rendering of this PDF in Preview (or Quick Look). This is how it looks: I can see it in Adobe Reader on Windows. I'm not sure what font it is using, and I have Office ...
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Quicklook stopped working with xcode's .m and .h file suddenly

A week ago, quicklook stopped working with .m and .h files. Instead, it's showing me a .m or .h thumbnail. I think that day a message box popped up and I didn't read it — I answered the question ...
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How do I keep QTKitServer (QuickLook Helper) CPU usage from exploding out of control? OR How do I disable QuickLook entirely?

I've been watching lots of .MKVs lately, opened from the Finder. In Column View, when you single-click any file, QuickLook will load a viewable thumbnail into the next column over. This causes ...
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Quick Look won't play sound of .avi files

When I want to use Quick Look to quickly check if an .avi file is corrupt, or if the quality is alright, it does not play the sound anymore. Is there a way to enhance Quick Look with "proper" divx ...
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Is there a way to completely reset / regenerate Quick Look preferences (system-wide)?

Quick Look fails to work on many file types that actually have Quick Look plugins and I fear that some file clobbering has occurred during my last two OS upgrades. When Quick Look fails, the Quick ...
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How can I activate the text preview in Finder's column view for an arbitrary filetype or document type

I really like the preview functionality that Finder offers in the last column of the column view. However, not all filetypes or document types are associated with a preview. For example when I have ...
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Yosemite: Quick Look previews are transparent

Since Yosemite i'm having this strange problem with Quick Look (giving previews of files when pressing the space bar): whenever i preview my files they are displayed transparently. Pretty irritating ...
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How to add Quick Look support for OpenDocument file formats?

I prefer OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice to MS Office because MS Office is expensive. But OS X Quick View functionality that allows a preview of a file by taping space bar doesn't show an OpenDocument ...
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How can I disable media playback in Finder document icons?

I'm on Lion now, and hoped that Apple would have added the option to disable the quick preview buttons on the icons some way. Here's the problem I have: When I click on a video in Finder just to ...
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Can I detach the QuickLook window from the Finder?

I use QuickLook a lot to quickly open PDF files. I like the speed and clutter-free presentation more than using Preview. But unfortunately, it is tied to the Finder and disappears when I change to ...
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Select text in a Quick Look window?

Is there any possibility (default write, or something else) to copy text directly from a quick look window? It annoys me that i cannot select and copy text snippets directly from Quick Look. Thanks ...
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Quicklook is broken in Lion

[Turns out this is known bug #9536151] I have a strange issue with Quicklook in Lion. This is on a clean install and happens with more than one user. It also isn't fixed if I clean out the Quicklook ...
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Is there a Quick Look plug-in for ZIP files?

Is there a Quick Look plug-in that works with ZIP files, and that lists all the files contained in the archive? It is also fine if it list at least some of the files.
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Mac OS X 10.8 QuickLook Causing CPU & Temperature Spikes

I have consistently been having a problem with my computer overheating due to random processes using 100%+ CPU. Commonly the problem occurs with the process QuickLookSatellite-general, but it is not ...
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QuickLook stopped working

What might cause quicklook to 'freeze', as it were. quicklook has gone south to some degree, some files are QL-able, other not, and we're speaking of the apple plug-in type (pdfs, txt, jpg, etc.) ...
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Quick Look keeps popping up

I use the spacebar to preview some files with Quick Look and when I'm done with it I close the preview window. Sometimes when I change desktops the preview window will pop up again (empty) and when I ...
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Viewer for excel files

Other than openoffice, can you suggest a light free viewer for excel files?
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Copying text from a file using Quick Look?

Anyone know of a way to simply select and copy text from a file open in Quick Look? Our project managers really enjoy sending out change requests as attached .doc files, and I'd really love to be ...
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For applications that do not store Quick Look information within the file, where does Lion (or a Server) store that information?

Some applications can store Quick Look information (previews and thumbnails) within the file. Others can not. Two aspects to this question For a file that is local and without integral Quick Look ...
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Can Quick Look be made into an application to preview URLs in apps like Twitter?

Lion's improved Quick Look can now preview web pages. The full screen view and quick launching make it superb for peeking at a web page without having to launch a browser; which, in my case, always ...
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Print .docx without Pages.app

Sometimes I simply want to print Microsoft Word documents. If I view them in Quick Look, they display as I would like to print them. However, when I try to print them from the Finder, it opens ...
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Video (.mp4) playing in QuickTime but not in Finder Quick Look or iTunes

I just used ffmpeg to convert a video file's container from .mkv to mp4 (just changed the container; didn't re-encode). The resulting mp4 vid plays well on QuickTime and am very pleased with the ...
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QuickLook set app to display preview

Is it possible to set the app that displays the QuickLook preview in OS X? I'm developing iOS apps and I have Xcode installed, but when I open the QuickLook preview of a Source-Code file, the ...
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How to add custom extension for QuickLook?

Does anybody know of a method of previewing .WebM files in QuickLook? I've searched on google but didn't find anything helpful.
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Can I tag a file from Quick Look?

I'd be able to very quickly tag a bunch of photos for later processing.
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Activating Quick Look Using The Trackpad In OS X?

Quick Look is very useful when wanting to preview documents and files without opening them in separate applications. I know that you can trigger Quick Look by highlighting a file in Finder and ...
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Feasible to check out XML file from QuickLook?

How can I use QuickLook to check out XML file? I just want to quickly check out the contents of a file and don't have to open it in a format that can be subsequently modified, such as in TextEdit or ...
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Perian gave Finder broken 'click to preview' UI feature. Now, how do I get rid of it?

I understand that Perian is (a) not being developed by its creators anymore and (b) it doesn't work on 10.9/Mavericks even though someone appears to releasing updates to it on GitHub (gathering from ...
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Default list of Quicklook Plugins for a fresh LION install? What QL plugins “should be” in /System/Library/Quicklook/?

This is an easy one for you all. I simply need people to list what Quicklook plugins they have installed in /System/Library/QuickLook. I ask because I have a QL plugin named: Icon.qlgenerator in my ...
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Does Mail Quick Look follow redirects when viewing webpages?

When a phishing email presents a link, they often send you to a webpage that redirects you to another webpage that they harvest your data from. Does the Quick Look feature in Mail follow these ...
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How can I get TextMate's QuickLook plugin to render HAML and YML files?

TextMate's QL generators are supposed to render QL views for files that TM recognizes, while TM is open. Out of the box, it only renders the basic ones (C, Perl, etc), but this article on Ciaran ...
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Finder Cover Flow Icon Preview not working

I'm not sure what happened but I noticed recently that the Cover Flow icon previews were missing from my files in Finder. I'm using OSX 10.6.7. See the screenshot below - I'm expecting a preview of ...
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MDS Error: /var/folders/lM

I've been getting this error coming up in my system log. Having looked around for an answer, two things came up commonly: a problem with the spotlight database(s), and permissions on those folders. ...
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Is it possible to set a Custom quick look preview image in OS X?

Is there any way to set a custom quick look image in OS X? I'd like a command line tool or applescript to change or embed a custom preview for a file using a jpeg.
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How can I get quicklook to ignore network volumes?

How can I modify com.apple.qtkitserver.sb to ignore a certain network volume? For example, I don't want quicklook to build previews of graphic assets that are on a server. When I access a netatalk ...
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QuickLook generator for markdown only recognises *.markdown

I have started using markdown for simple texts, writing in TextWrangler. I am quite happy to use Finder and QuickLook to preview the file and have installed the QLMarkdown.qlgenerator but it only ...
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Can I get Mavericks QuickLook to display Finder images scaled up to full screen like before?

In Lion if I used QuickLook to display an image, and then clicked the double arrows to make it full screen, it would scale the image to the size of my monitor (up too, not just down). Then when I used ...
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How do I change the speed of Quick Look Slideshow?

I use Quick Look to go through photos quickly, and I thought the slideshow feature could come in handy if I can change the duration of each photos shown. ...
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GIF super slow on Quick Look

Mountain Lion got animated GIF support for Quick Look, but the animations show as slowmotion. It renders very slow even if the GIF has a fast frame rate. Is there any way to improve this or replace ...