How to preview file by quicklook directly in a full screen, from Finder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rmddail, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. rmddail macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Hi everybody,

    Is there is a way to open preview in a full screen directly after pressing
    a space bar? ... I mean without intermediate state, in which it leaves a lot
    of space around ...

    I installed snow leopard and was pleased to see how preview is working
    in finder ... the only problem with it is that it is not going
    to a full screen by default which I would prefer on my
    MacbookPro 15'' screen ...
    Probably it will be preferable for most of laptops by the way ...
    Unfortunately I didn't found such option ....

    I would appreciate any hint or tweak ...
    I even ready to run some terminal thing that would give me
    that default behavior,
    as otherwise this preview is not very useful for me ....

    I have Xee that works fantastically good for pictures, but preview is a preview isn't it?
    I mean if a preview doesn't give me more details, what kind of preview is that
    then? It can go to a fullscreen anyway, I just need it to go there directly ...

    Thank you in advance ...
  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Default options:
    Are you talking about the application 'Preview' which will open pdfs, pictures etc with a double click. Preferences for use are set under Preview on the menubar.
    Quicklook, which can be accessed via the spacebar allows a quick look at just about anything including email attachments.

    Pictures & pdfs. can be opened in preview from quicklook by using command o.
    Quicklooked Apps will also open and documents, spreadsheets etc will open in the correct application using command o

    Select a whole folder of pictures using command a after selecting one pic then open all of them in preview using command o
  3. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    I am talking about Quicklook as it appears,
    i found a button that does open Quicklook they way i described, it's
    and now I am looking for way to invoke that with a space bar,
    to have it as default behavior ... so once I press a space bar when file
    selected, Quicklook will go to a full screen
    and pressing it again, would exit from it ...

    Cmd+Opt+Y is difficult to press each time, I need the same actoin
    but with a spacebar, otherwise as the matter of fact I am not using it ..

    File opening I do with Cmd + DownArrow, I think it does the same ...
    Thank you for your answer and advices ...
    may be you know way of redefining key bindings for such action as
    quicklook of file?
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You could make your own keyboard shortcut to replace that combo, but I don't think there's a way to limit it to just the spacebar. Be sure you don't create a new shortcut that is already "spoken for".
  5. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Thank you for you advice, I am trying to do it and it's not working for me so far, may be it's question for other thread, but I am trying to specify
    a menu name and which is Slideshow if understand it correctly ...and it
    doesn't react to any key combinations I tried ...
    may be I should specify somehow filename or something ...
    Is there a way of redefining actually a space bar, by modifying
    some configuraion files? In windows it's registry most of the times, in Mac I suggest there should be some text files somewhere ...
    do you know where it's defined?
  6. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Option-space works fine for me. Goes directly to full screen.

  7. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Yes, but it doesn't come back with pressing Option-space again
    by some unexplainable to my mind reason ...
    as with space it is coming back ...

    defining shortcut doesn't work, because it has file name in the name of
    menu item ... and defining shortcut requires exact name ... so what to do?

    Guys any ideas?!

    it should be pretty simple ... define button for some action
    Item has filename as parameter, it should be some symbol for specifying it
    when defining shortcut ... I just don't know which ... it really upsets me ...
    how much time should i spend searching internet for such simple thing?

    Is such obvious task is unsolvable on mac? really .. what can be more
    basic then that?

    You have menu items and you have keyboard shortcut, some menu items have file names in them ...
    what?! there is no way to define shortcut then?
    if so, it's really something ... the whole feature of shortcuts is useless ... why they did it at all then?
    Am I missing something?
  8. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    Option-Space to preview in fullscreen.
    ESC to exit fullscreen preview.

    What is so hard about that? I think you're being ridiculous. It doesn't get much easier than that.
  9. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    then I can use as well cmd+down arrow to open the file and Esc to exit it...
    why to use quicklook then?
    the whole point of using it is to use one button, like Space ...
    this is what apple did, isn't it? are they ridiculous too?

    All I want is the same what Space does, but in full screen...
    is it so hard to get?
    no body knows how to do that?

    I am new with Mac and I think it would be less ridiculous if you would
    just help, if you know how, instead of explaining to me that I don't need
    what I need ...
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm curious about why you want it to do this? What is wrong with the way it works that changing it to full screen solves?
  11. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Size ... it's too small on my laptop ... I want to use the whole screen ...

    I also wish to know how much customizable mac could be ...
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't think there is a one-button method for making QuickLook display in full screen mode. You can click on the arrows to expand it to full screen, but you probably knew that.
  13. rmddail thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    Thank your for trying to help, you right I of course noticed that ...
    I think those buttons should be defined in some configuration files,
    I presume ...

    somebody hopefully knows in which and how ...
    any ideas?
  14. nubilalis macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2010
    Got to be a way

    This is a perfectly legitimate request. Explaining how to view files with other apps or by using other keystrokes or other mouse strokes is not the answer. I don't know how to do it, but I have the same desire. I am working with an elderly woman who needs as little complexity as possible. My main need is from within Mail where she would like to view attachments. Command-y will of course invoke Quicklook, but only in the reduced format. An additional mouse stroke is needed to get full screen visibility. And I can re-map command-y in this app so that we can get Quicklook activated. But I really need to get her to full-screen without any additional mousing around. Even if there was a keystroke for doing this directly in Mail, I could remap and invoke it. But there does not seem to be a way. I'm using the latest version of Leopard.

    Is there any help out there? Is there a hidden preference that could be accessed from Terminal?
  15. markrudin macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Quick Look - FULLSCREEN as Default Behavior

    I agree 100%. While Quick Look is a VERY cool tool (especially with add ons to support additional file types) it leaves something to be desired.

    Quick Looks default action {space} results in the size of the preview and the placement onscreen - unpredictable from file to file. At best, the preview seems to occupy about 75% of your screen. Worst case scenario can be MUCH SMALLER. Many of the .pdf files i quicklook are tiny and un-readable.

    Why can't {space} pop up a FULLSCREEN preview and {space} put it away?

    Apple - please hear this plea. Please avail a configuration setting to affect the default behavior to be FULLSCREEN.

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