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When I use spotlight (on Yosemite 10.10.2), Quick Look doesn't display a preview in the right panel anymore. Only when I click on a folder in the left panel it displays the contents of the map in the right panel. But when I click on either a .pdf or a .pages file in the left panel, the right panel is empty, whereas a few weeks ago it still did display a preview in the right panel in those cases.

  • Do you have "Show Preview" or "Hide Preview" in the View menu when Finder is in the foreground? You can turn the Preview off and on with SHIFT + CMD + P. – Alistair McMillan Mar 30 '15 at 23:32
  • When I am in the Finder search window, I can turn the Preview off and on using the SHIFT+CMD+P. Yet when I am in the Spotlight window, I cannot. The view menu displays "Show Preview" in grey letters in that case, suggesting that it cannot be turned off or on. I am correct that the Spotlight function should also be able to show previews right? – Alex Mar 31 '15 at 8:25
  • Preview only works in column mode. – Alistair McMillan Mar 31 '15 at 8:27
  • Has it always been like that? If I recall correctly, spotlight used to show previews as well. In any case, thanks for your help. – Alex Mar 31 '15 at 8:28
  • Are you thinking of Spotlight searches launched from the menubar perhaps? Rather than Spotlight searches launched from the Finder. – Alistair McMillan Mar 31 '15 at 8:57
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Do you have "Show Preview" or "Hide Preview" in the View menu when Finder is in the foreground? You can turn the Preview off and on with SHIFT + CMD + P.

However, the preview pane only works in column mode.

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