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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs System 10.5
I was digging through my old email archives the other day, when I stumbled on one that explained how to use Quick Look on documents in Open and Save dialogs. The trick? A free AppleScript Quick Look Droplet, provided by none other than Apple themselves.

There are actually two little apps on that page -- Quick Look Droplet, and Quick Look Viewer. The first is just what you might guess it is -- drag and drop any file or files onto its icon, and you'll get a Quick Look preview of those files. The second is a miniature media player, of sorts. You can store files inside the application bundle, and those files will be shown in Quick Look when the program runs. So you could, in theory, place the desired documents in the application bundle, then distribute that bundle to customers as a demo of your work, without worrying about them having the proper tools to actually open those files.

But I really like the Quick Look Droplet. Store it in your Dock, and you can then drag a file from an Open or Save dialog onto the Droplet, and you'll see a Quick Look preview of that document. The only minor issue is that these two apps are using qlmanage (see this hint) to show the previews, which means things don't work quite like they do in the Finder. You can't, for instance, close the Quick Look window with the Space Bar. However, I love having Quick Look in the Open and Save dialogs, so much so that I've given this droplet a spot in my Dock.
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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: drudus on Jul 03, '08 11:59:34AM

Strangely it isn't possible to drag saved items onto the Quick look icon when using save panels. I suspect it's to not break the existing feature that will set the file name by clicking an existing file.

I wonder how compatible the Quick Look viewer.app is?



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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: jkleis on Jul 03, '08 02:14:46PM

I do find a drag n drop solution slow and unhandy. I prefer to use a keyboard solution. Cmd+R to reveal the files in the Finder window, then press space to quick look the selected files. When done press escape, and finally Cmd+W to close the finder window. Now you are back at the open/save dialog window. And this trick actually also work in the Save dialog as well, even though the files aren't valid for selection.

Of course it would be nice if Apple simply made it possible to use quick look in the open/save dialog.



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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: frgough on Jul 03, '08 02:56:35PM

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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: fursonice on Jul 04, '08 12:00:54AM

i'm sorry? i have TextEdit open to a new document, i select Save and a Finder window opens.

how do i drag a file from that window... to anywhere (QL Droplet icon in Dock)?



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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: deef on Jul 04, '08 08:46:24AM

Really it's a shame this isn't built into the dialogs. WordPerfect 6 for Windows 3.1 (and every version since) has had QuickView (equivalent to Quick Look) built into the file dialogs & it's a convenience I've missed since switching to the Mac. WP's QuickView also allowed one to cut/copy from previewed documents, which is another huge omission in Quick Look.



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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: WhiteDog on Aug 09, '08 03:16:16PM

I've come a bit late to this thread, but it overlooks what is in my opinion an even better solution - Default Folder X (though it's not free). Among many other features, it can place a panel at the bottom of Open dialogs with options to show selected file and folder Previews, Information (where you can add or remove a label, hide or show the file extension, lock or unlock the file and change its stationary status), Comments (which you can edit) and Permissions (which you can change). If you hover over an item preview the Quick Look full-screen arrows appear, enabling you to enlarge the view with a click. No drag and drop required. And though the Space bar won't dismiss the enlarged view, the Escape key will as will clicking on the image. All in all a very slick solution to the problem at hand.

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10.5: Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Dec 30, '10 06:03:03PM

FYI, the current URL for the Quick Viewer/Droplet is http://macosxautomation.com/applescript/quickviewer/index.html

At some point in time after the release of Mac OS X 10.5, Apple spun the AppleScript/Automator sections of its website off into the "Mac OS X Automation" site (which now even appears to be separate from Apple).



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