Use Quick Look in from the keyboard

For longer than I care to admit I have been using my mouse, or track pad, to Quicklook attachments. Well that stops today. If you have an e-mail with an attachment and want to Quicklook the item don't reach for the mouse, instead type the Command + Y key. This will Quicklook the attachment just like hitting the space bar does in finder. I hope apple looks at this and changes the Quicklook  in Snow leopard but for now this will help keep my fingers on the keyboard and off the mouse.

Create a Simple Contact Sheet Using Quick Look

To  create a quick and dirty "contact sheet" of images using Quick Look, three simple keyboard shortcuts, and one mouse-click to use:

  1. Open the folder containing the set of image files.
  2. Press Command-A,
  3. Command-Option-Y
  4. Click the Index Sheet button
  5. Then use the shortcut to create a screenshoot, Command-Shift-3.

Know any more good quicklook shortcuts? Put them in the comments and we will feature then here on New Mac User

Quick Look files in Open and Save dialogs

After reading this post from Mac OSX Hints, I have compiled a quick how to use Quicklook to view files in the "Open" an "Save" dialog windows. 

You will first need to get the Quick Viewer and Quick Look Droplet from Once you download these files drag the Quicklook Droplet to the Dock. Then next time you need to see a file in an "Open" or "Save" dialog just drag the file icon over the Quicklook Droplet on the dock.