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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files System 10.7
Quick Look in 10.7 will now render the webpage for a .webloc file. In previous versions, Quick Look would simply present the .webloc file's icon along with the page's title, URL, etc.

I like to drag URLs to my desktop if it's something I'd like to come back to later, but don't necessarily need to bookmark. I noticed that in Lion, .webloc files are fully rendered by Quick Look. To duplicate, drag a URL form your web browser of choice to your desktop (or a Finder window), select it and hit your spacebar. Pretty useful for quickly getting at the saved information.

[crarko adds: A nice addition.]
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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: llee on Aug 11, '11 08:09:24AM

The forums used to let me include links. Now I can't include the link I wanted to provide, which is a disappointment. Anyway, I wanted to include a link for Web Location Converter in my comment, but since i can't, I'll explain what it is, then ask a question.

Web Location Converter used to allow you to drop a .webloc file and convert it to text. In Snow Leopard, it stopped working because dragging, which formerly returned information about the file itself such as its location on the disk, stopped returning any such information about the .webloc file except for its contained URL. I contributed a hint about dragging these files to the Spotlight search field to retrieve their contained URLs as an alternative to otherwise editing the file or visiting the contained URL to be able to get at that information.

I haven't moved to Lion yet, so I wanted to know whether dragging a .webloc file yields the same result with regard to clip flavors returned as it did in Snow Leopard.



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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 11, '11 01:04:44PM
@crarko: I was going to comment here about how it's still totally possible to include links, but @llee is right -- it's throwing up a "Spam detected" error when you try to embed any link at all.

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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: afingal on Aug 11, '11 11:15:33AM

I wonder how Quick Look handles cookies and such. Would it load cookies from Safari? What about regular cookies vs. Flash LSOs? The reason I ask is that I'm increasingly concerned about privacy issues and tracking on the web. What are the privacy implications of using this hint?



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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: babaloo on Aug 11, '11 12:00:43PM

Cookies are not read. So if you, for example, have a .webloc file from a forum post, where the forum requires registration, Quick Look won't be able to render the page.
The same applies for a previous hint about Quick Look links in Mail:
http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110726213333469

Edited on Aug 11, '11 12:01:59PM by babaloo



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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: kevinp on Aug 11, '11 12:19:09PM

Anybody know how to create a .webloc file using the keyboard? It's a pain to have to reach for the pointer and drag the favicon to the desktop.

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Kevin



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Re: 10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Aug 11, '11 03:19:30PM

You can probably wrap an AppleScript as a Service and assign the Service a keyboard shortcut.

See Lisa Thompson's "Save Webloc File as…" script for Camino as an example of what you'd need the AppleScript part to do: http://homepage.mac.com/lthompson.22/applescript/forcamino.html#save-webloc-file



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Typo: webloc, not weblock
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 11, '11 07:25:34PM

Just a comment for crarko… The title of this hint needs the ‘k’ removed.



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10.7: Quick Look .weblock files
Authored by: vaudegal on Oct 02, '11 07:53:22PM

I am using 10.7 now and it simply won't let me drag the url to the desktop as I did in earlier systems. I attempt to drag it and it "snaps back". I've tried doing this in Safari and Firefox to no avail. Any ideas?



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