How to Use Finder Quick Actions in macOS Mojave

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    In macOS Mojave, Apple has introduced a range of new Finder Quick Actions that make it easier for you to perform quick edits to files without having to open the apps associated with them.


    To view available Quick Actions, you need to enable the Preview panel in Finder. To do this, open a Finder window and select the menu bar option View -> Show Preview, or press the keys Shift-Command-P.

    Quick Actions for Images, Video, and Audio

    Quick Actions are located in the bottom right of the Finder window, just under the preview of the selected file. These actions will change depending on the file: For images, clicking Rotate Left turns the image counterclockwise, while clicking Markup invokes an enhanced Quick Look window containing a set of markup tools.


    If two or more images are selected in Finder, the Markup button will change to Create PDF, allowing you to turn the images into a single portable document. If a QuickTime compatible video or audio file is selected, Markup will be replaced by Trim. Clicking this brings up a Quick Look window with an editing ribbon to trim the file.

    How to Customize Quick Actions

    You've probably noticed the More... button beside the default Quick Actions. Click this and then select Customize..., and you'll be taken to the Extensions pane in System Preferences, where you'll be able to select other actions to add to Finder's Preview pane.


    The actions available to you will depend on which applications you have installed and any pre-existing Apple scripts on your Mac. Apple is encouraging third-party developers to add support for more Quick Actions in their apps, but you can also create your own custom ones using the Automator app. For a useful example, check out our tutorial on how to quickly resize images using your very own Automator service.

    Article Link: How to Use Finder Quick Actions in macOS Mojave
  2. martyjmclean macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I played around with Mojave for a fortnight and this was one of my favourite features.
  3. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
    Note for author: hold space after pressing cmd + shift + 4. Makes a cleaner window screenshot. Maybe you already know that. But i find it at a better way of doing screenshots of windows
  4. UKinEK macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2015
    Kokura, JP
    Next Mac rumours tutorial:
    How to take better screenshots :)
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Aren't these just re-branded Finder Services?
  6. superduperultra macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2008
    Wasn't there an "add password" quick action? I don't seem to have it.

    It's shown here around minute 3:

  7. Whaleyland macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    Is there any way to disable Quick Actions? I've determined that I will not use this feature and even Customizing it to remove all the options leaves an annoying "More..." icon at the bottom of the preview pane that I want gone so my preview pane shows me my created/modified/last opened info without needing to scroll. Any advice?

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