What is Windows 10 equivalent to OSX Quick Preview?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by katewes, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. katewes macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2007
    What is the Windows 10 equivalent to the OSX feature, where you press the space bar and a quick preview comes up. And you use the arrow key to scroll through all the files in a folder, getting a continuous preview of each file? I heard there is an equivalent in Windows 10. Does it work as well?
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Based on my experience, there is no stock Mac OS X quick view like feature implemented in Windows 10. Preview is still managed by various apps, not a single system feature.
    But if you ask me if there are third party alternatives, I must say, I don't know. :(
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Given how different apps will be associated with any given file, I wonder if its not possible at the app level, i.e., a utility to provide that ability. I think something at the OS level needs to accommodate such a thing. When I use windows, I do miss the quick preview, its a small but awesome feature.
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Maybe there could be an application which associates a lot of file extensions to itself, and then every time you open a file, that application will start, and provide a preview of it.
  5. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    That would be much the same as Windows explorer, except that Windows doesn't do previews natively - which seems to be the OPs question...

    AFAIK, you can't preview much of anything in Windows, unless you open the associated app, or the file is supported by one of the standard win apps (which also would launch anyway!) which isn't close to what Quick Look in OS X gives you. For example, you don't need the associated app at all, as long as Quick Look supports viewing the file, or you have a Quick Look extension that supports that file type.
    That has been, in the past, one of the OS X features that most users point out as not available natively with Windows.-
    Could be that 10 does have a similar function, but I have never checked that issue out on Win10.
  6. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    I used to use a program called Quick View Plus with Windows 95.
    I just googled and the company is still around and the program is still being sold/updated.

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