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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look Desktop
I love Quick Look. Especially with images. Go to an image (I've tested JPGs and PSDs so far), and hit the Space Bar. A large version shows up like it's supposed to.

Now, hold down the Option key and click somewhere on the Quick Look image -- it zooms in! Hold Shift-Option, click, and it'll zoom out. When zoomed in, release all keys and click and drag -- you can move within the zoomed image. That, my friends, is greatness.

With my unscientific testing, the zoomed in Quick Look image has just a hair less clarity compared to the same image zoomed in using a graphics program -- but nothing to gripe about!

[robg adds: You can also zoom in and out by holding Option and using the scroll wheel on your mouse, or two-finger scrolling on a trackpad. This technique was mentioned in the comments to this hint on zooming PDFs, but the above adds more details.]
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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: okamisama on Nov 13, '07 10:30:05AM

The same zoom level is kept from image to image and option shift click zooms out.

Thanks for this hint. I was just wishing minutes ago for the ability to do this!



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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: hunterhicks on Nov 13, '07 04:00:32PM

Also works on .gif and .png, and probably any format that quicktime is friendly with.



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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: MCDr on Nov 14, '07 03:59:23AM

How do you view actual pixels? When using Quicklook to view many images in a folder, I with Quicklook would give me an option to view images in actual pixel.



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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: vkeesari on Nov 14, '07 06:27:36AM

Strangely, the option-click didn't work for me. But the Command key (+ zoom in) (- zoom out) worked just like in Preview.



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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: ThreeBKK on Jan 08, '08 11:33:46PM

After you have pressed option + click to zoom in a few times, you can press option + command + click to zoom all the way out again. This works with regular and full screen Quicklook modes.

If you have multiple thumbnails which extend off of the page in full screen Quicklook mode, you can scroll down to see the remaining images using two finger drag on a PowerBook, or by highlighting an image and pressing the down arrow until it reaches the next page.



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10.5: Zoom in and out and pan images in Quick Look
Authored by: earthsaver on Jan 18, '08 11:56:59AM

Anyone notice that these are the same shortcuts as used by QuickTime VR?

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