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If you wish to view files in an Open window, you can use Quick Look. Just select a file and press the space bar to view it. (This works only with those files that Quick View can display.) You can also move around and view other files using the arrow keys.

[kirkmc adds: I had assumed this would already have been on the site, but I only found this hint which offers a workaround. So I wonder when this was added to OS X.]
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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: marksch on Mar 27, '13 08:01:32AM

Standard behaviour. Not a hint.

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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: bjsvec on Mar 27, '13 08:34:36AM

Documented here: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH6370



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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: Strod on Mar 27, '13 07:36:53PM

No, that describes the standard operation of Quick Look, i.e., to preview documents from a Finder window.

The hint says that this also works in the "Open" window (which used to be a dialog box) that most applications display when you want to open a file.



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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: slb on Mar 27, '13 09:12:56AM

Checked the calendar - it's not 4/1/13.



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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: IHaveABugInMyEye on Mar 27, '13 09:28:53AM
This goes back to Leopards original release in 2007 and was in fact used to demonstrate Quick Look onstage when it was announced.

Next up, How Preview can be used to preview files and Finder can be used to find them.

EDIT: as mentioned in this hint from this very site in 2007

Edited on Mar 27, '13 09:37:43AM by IHaveABugInMyEye


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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: NaOH-Lye on Mar 27, '13 01:15:08PM
Folks, please notice this hint is about using Quick Look in Open dialogs. Quick Look was introduced in 10.5, and feel free to politely note that this additional capability was added with 10.6, as noted here then. But please don't be impolite or condescending. No one benefits from that.

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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: philostein on Mar 27, '13 01:34:20PM

I soon as I saw this hint I thought 'here we go…'.

Sure enough, multiple commenters competing for the 'Furthest Back in Time' hint award.

Well, it was so long ago that I forgot about this feature. So thanks!



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Quick Look files in Open window
Authored by: Rishifter on Apr 01, '13 10:53:35AM

It's funny. I've always thought of open and save sheets as part of finder and not of the app I open them in. That's why they look like finder itself and I am quite sure apps call them using some api method. I am typing this on Safari and wondering about something else. If I bring up the open dialog, pressing cmd+o, it brings up a new modal dialog whereas if I bring up a save dialog, pressing cmd+s, it brings up a sheet that I am so used to in macs. I wonder when this changed for open and save dialog.



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