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Quick Look with a three-finger tap System 10.8
Keyboard junkies know that they can rely on the spacebar to trigger a Quick Look preview of a file, folder, or drive in the Finder. But what about trackpad junkies?

The good news is, there's an option for the multitouch mavens, too. Perform a three-finger tap on any Quick Look-able item in the Finder, and a Quick Look preview you shall receive.

Repeat the gesture to send the Quick Look preview back into the abyss.
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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jweber on Aug 28, '13 07:36:21AM

This only works if the "Look up" checkbox is checked in Trackpad settings.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Aug 28, '13 08:33:31AM

Nice tip - I didn't know that one.

The only place it doesn't work - is in a dock folder. One still has to hover the cursor over the image/film/doc etc and use the space bar.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: keirthomas on Aug 28, '13 09:17:50AM

Ooh, nice tip! And I think this is one that isn't in my book! (Although I haven't actually got a copy at hand to check.)

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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: rossman66 on Aug 28, '13 03:07:41PM

This only works if you have the Look Up (tap with three fingers) setting turned On for your trackpad settings.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: poenn on Aug 29, '13 01:27:38PM

Hmm, not for me. It is checked, but it still does not work. Well, I was just curious and prefer the space bar anyway.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jbarley on Aug 29, '13 10:22:06AM

As to not working in a Dock folder, neither does 'Quick Look-Spacebar'.
The spacebar just opens the file in the relevant Application same as the return key, notice how a repeat spacebar does not close the file as it would in Quick Look.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Aug 29, '13 11:33:11PM

'QUOTE' As to not working in a Dock folder, neither does 'Quick Look-Spacebar'.
The spacebar just opens the file in the relevant Application same as the return key, notice how a repeat spacebar does not close the file as it would in Quick Look.'QUOTE'

In Mountain Lion 10.8.4 you CAN hover the cursor over an item in a dock folder ( not click on it ) & then click the spacebar to Quicklook the item.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jbarley on Sep 01, '13 12:02:57PM

hover over a text file in the Documents Dock folder, now press the spacebar, notice how it opens in "Text Edit", this is not the same as 'Quick Look'.
hover over a pdf file and press the spacebar, guess what, it opens in 'Preview', again not a Quick Look view.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Sep 01, '13 11:49:59PM

I dont know what the difference is between our systems jbarley, but -

if i hover the cursor over a pdf ( WITHOUT clicking the icon ) & hit the spacebar - it quicklooks it. Same with a text doc - same with a movie - same with an audio file.

If i CLICK on the icon - it opens it with the relevant app ( Preview/Textedit/Quicktime player/iTunes etc etc ).

My dock folders are set to Grid view .

This certainly didn't work in Snow Leopard but was brought in with Lion & continued with Mountain Lion. Ive been using it for the last couple of years.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jbarley on Sep 02, '13 04:10:10PM

It appears that the difference would be...
I'm using 'List' mode, I tried your 'Grid' mode and indeed QuickLook is available, unfortunately though not in List mode.



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Sep 02, '13 07:51:59PM

It is available in LIST view using this tweak. It still seems to work in Mountain Lion even though the hint is for Snow Leopard.

http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20090903104925782.

It does however unfortunately mean that one cant drill down through the list view.

Edited on Sep 02, '13 08:12:30PM by ricede



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jbarley on Sep 03, '13 07:32:26AM

That tip, which was originally for OS X 10.6 does not work on my 10.8 system.
Terminal comes back with the error "command not found"



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Sep 03, '13 08:28:44PM

I just reversed it through Terminal adding NO rather than YES on my MBP and it removed the list view change.

I then added the command from that tip in Terminal & it worked fine. ( Running 10.8.4 )

Not sure why its giving you that message.

Edited on Sep 03, '13 08:29:17PM by ricede



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: jbarley on Sep 04, '13 10:09:34AM

Your commands worked.
My mistake when using the link you posted was in copy-pasting the total line, including the $ sign.
Duh!



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Quick Look with a three-finger tap
Authored by: ricede on Sep 03, '13 09:53:41PM

The commands are :

defaults write com.apple.dock use-new-list-stack -bool YES

killall Dock



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