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Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode System
I wanted to browse through my pictures with Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode, just like when viewing pictures/movies in a window.

You may have noticed that when you make a Quick Look image full-screen and then try to use up/down arrow keys to go through your pictures it doesn't work.

Here's how to get it working:

Instead of using Quick Look on a picture in a folder of images, use Quick Look on the actual folder (i.e. highlight the folder in Finder and press space).

Now switch to full-screen mode (either by menu zoom or pressing Cmd+Option+Y). You then need to open the folder. Like opening anything else in Quick Look this is the shortcut Cmd+down arrow.

Now press the right arrow key, and you'll see the first picture in the folder.

Up and down arrows will now work and let you move through your pictures full-screen.

[crarko adds: This works, but I found to be a little touchy in the step where you open the folder by pressing Cmd+down arrow. Sometimes the Mac just drops out of full-screen mode, and other times it works as described in the hint. Note: comments indicate this also works in Snow Leopard.]
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10.7: Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: August on Dec 06, '11 08:13:15AM

I find that selecting multiple photos and then entering quick-look via the space bar is a simpler approach. I can then set it to full screen and use the right and left arrows to switch between photos.



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10.7: Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: kiltbear on Dec 06, '11 09:41:44AM

I open the folder, Cmd-A, and then hit the Space-bar



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10.7: Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: emale on Dec 06, '11 09:00:03AM

Nice feature :-)
But this is not 10.7-only. Sucessfully tested with 10.6.



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10.7: Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: madfax7 on Dec 06, '11 12:10:28PM

A much simpler way to get the arrow keys working again is simply to press Cmd+` the Cycle Through Windows hotkey.

All that's happening during fullscreen is that the QuickLook window is receiving focus; cycling to the next window will bring focus back to the folder window.



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10.7: Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: gluboski on Dec 06, '11 07:13:46PM

The folder I tested happened to have some iPhone movies mixed in with the pictures. The movies would not play when quicklooking the folder, but they did play using the select-all method.

As a reminder, using the option key starts quicklook in full screen mode.



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Quick Look using the arrow keys in full-screen mode
Authored by: killerfontz on Dec 08, '11 03:32:33AM

Hi, I'm new to working with this Quick Look feature. But from what I read in your post, I think I'll try it in my Snow Leopard. Thanks for the interesting blog. :)



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