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10.5: View any PowerPoint document in Quick Look System 10.5
Sometimes I would be able to view PowerPoint (.pps) documents with Quick Look, but sometimes I wouldn't. This problem bothered me for some time, but I think I've solved it -- thanks to the helpful folks on this forum thread (in French).

The solution involves editing the Office Quick Look generator file; read on for the how-to...

Here's what I did:
  1. Navigate to /System » Library » QuickLook » Office.qlgenerator. Control-click on the generator and pick Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. Then navigate to Contents.
  2. Create a copy of info.plist to use as a backup.
  3. Open info.plist with TextEdit or your favorite text editor.
  4. Scroll down to find the following text:
  5. Replace all of that with this:
  6. Save the new plist file and quit the editor.
  7. Navigate to your user's Library » Preferences folder, and trash com.apple.QuickLookDaemon.plist.
  8. Open the Terminal application and type qlmanage -r, and press Return.
All PowerPoint files should now work in Quick Look.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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10.5: View any PowerPoint document in Quick Look
Authored by: Spartacus on Feb 15, '08 08:18:10AM

I did the same but I copied the QuickLook plugin to my home Library before modifying it, to avoid modifying system files. In order for the system to use it, I also had to change the CFBundleIdentifier value to something other than 'com.apple.qlgenerator.office'. I used one of my domain names instead of com.apple.



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10.5.2 does it on its own
Authored by: Herve5 on Feb 15, '08 10:20:42AM

at the very end of the french thread, someones mentions this is now the default on 10.5.2
I just tried, that's true... I think you can enter the competition for the shortest-lived-brilliant-hint of OSXhints :-D



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10.5: View any PowerPoint document in Quick Look
Authored by: davidosus on Feb 15, '08 10:47:02AM

Well... I tried...



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10.5: View any PowerPoint document in Quick Look
Authored by: apta on Feb 14, '09 09:45:05PM

Thank you, Davidosus! Even though I'm running 10.5.5, like you PPS files are not always displayed by Quicklook. I did what you described and am now a happy QL camper. Thank you again.



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10.5: View any PowerPoint document in Quick Look
Authored by: apta on Apr 16, '09 01:18:26AM

In spite of comments that this issue has been fixed in 10.5.2, I fixed the problem in 10.5.5 using the hint given here and it worked fine for a couple of months. Today I tried Quicklook on a .pps file and once again was unable to view it although QL works fine with other file types.

Since I had already modified Office.qlgenerator, I trashed com.apple.QuickLookDaemon.plist and then issued the Terminal command "qlmanage -r" and all was well again. According to the man page, this command resets the QL server as well as all QL client's generator cache. Apparently something was amiss with the cache.



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