File size limit for icon preview

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chrism0dwk, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. chrism0dwk macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    Hi all,

    I'm relatively new to using a Mac seriously, having just acquired a lovely new MBP with Snow Leopard installed. I may be missing something obvious, but is there a way to limit the icon preview feature to just showing previews for files less than a certain size? My background is with Linux, and KDE provides a configurable file size cut off above which icon previews are not shown.

    I ask because I've got a folder full of large (ie 16GB) ASCII files full of output from some scientific algorithms. Whenever I browse to that folder, the Quick Look Helper eats up all 8GB of my system memory before the OS kills it off and it moves on to the next file. This is *really* irritating.

    So, is there a way to limit icon preview's behaviour to small (ie normal) files, or do I just have to turn it off completely?

  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think it's all or nothing.

    Look at: Show View Items > Show icon preview (checked or not checked?)

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