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.

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In Terminal, enter:

defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool TRUE

You have to restart Finder before the option will be available.

Found this on: http://www.defaults-write.com

  • Please notice that the activation of the "Text-Selection-In-Quicklook"-Feature could lead to the bug described in this question: QuickLook having problems displaying some images
    – bobndrew
    Aug 2, 2014 at 21:48
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    I did what you have in the answer, restarted the Finder, but it seems like this does not work for macOS Catalina...
    – zyy
    Dec 7, 2020 at 15:15

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