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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Zooming in Quick Look!

This is a Leopard only tip. There is no obvious way of zooming in when checking out a pdf or an image in Quick Look. It is possible however. To do so, simply open a pdf or an image in Quick Look, hold down "Option" and click anywhere on the file. To zoom out, use "Shift - Option - Click". It also works in full screen. It is very useful because I thought at first that there was no way to see it bigger than full screen.

18 Comments:

Blogger Nessuno said...

Finally! I saw the zoom feature inside quick look in the many movies about Leopard released by Apple before Leopard's lauch and now I know how to do it ;) Thanx dear.

November 21, 2007 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger s said...

doesn't work for me. i tried holding down option and clicking on the image, but it didn't do anything. help anyone?

November 21, 2007 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger jdobres said...

Doesn't seem to work for me either. Am I missing some detail here?

November 21, 2007 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Breno said...

Doesn't work for me either. Maybe we need to enable an option somewhere.

November 21, 2007 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger Cahching said...

Try pressing Ctrl and scrolling with two fingers to zoom in more than the full screen size.

November 22, 2007 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Darcy said...

It looks like it won't zoom past 100%. So if your digital camera takes 4000x3000 pictures and your screen is only 1680x1050, you'll be able to zoom. But if it's a 640x480 picture, no zoom because it's already all displayed. I couldn't get any PDFs to zoom, but maybe if my screen resolution was low enough they would.

But Command+scroll wheel (or Command+two finger drag if you've got a trackpad) works great for zooming everything. Or is it Ctrl? I lose track of which keys are which, especially since I'm driving my Mac from my PC via synergy at the moment. (Long story - I'm not ready to use the Mac for my work, but Spotlight and Preview's handling of PDFs blew me away the other day (compared to Google Desktop on my PC, which is terrible at helping me find the manual I need), so now my Mac is on my desk instead of in the living room.)

November 22, 2007 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

You should try  and + together to zoom in
or
 and - together to zoom out

That should work!

November 22, 2007 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

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November 22, 2007 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Tschizzle said...

another way to zoom in quick look if you have a mighty mouse is to hold option and move the scroll wheel.

November 22, 2007 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Gilis C said...

This is GREAT

November 22, 2007 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger imrik said...

Works for me but has some glitches

Sometimes I have to hold down option key for some time until zoom cursor shows up, sometimes I have to let go and repush option key for greater zoom in

November 22, 2007 at 5:16 AM  
Blogger vandevyver said...

NO GO for me :-(
Leopard on MacbookPro

November 22, 2007 at 5:43 AM  
Blogger vandevyver said...

Correction : does not work for PDF
Does work for JPG.

What's the difference?

November 22, 2007 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

appears that apple have used different keys for different file types.

For jpeg the "option + click" works
but for pdf the " and +" works

(for the above to work, you must make sure your cursor is clicked on the active window - i.e. the quicklook window)

neither seems to work for Microsoft office files...(surprisingly)

November 22, 2007 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

For those who have problems with zooming: remember to ACTIVATE the quick look window by clickin' on it!
Then use OPTION + or OPTION and your mouse wheel. And yes, the images zoom OVER the 100%, I can zoom a lot over 100% (maybe 150% or more).

November 22, 2007 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger ilious said...

For me this has not worked on a PDF yet but it works great with images.

November 22, 2007 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

This tip actually does not need a mouse with a scroll wheel and it's also quite easy to do.

1) go to System Preferences
2) Select Keyboard & Mouse
3) Scroll down to "zoom" and make sure the box next to it is checked (this is not the same as "Universal Access" which has "turn zoom on or off" just below it, the "zoom" you need to check is below that)
4) click the arrow so you can see the sub-menus where the shortcut code is and check to see what it is. I believe default should be "zoom out" (option & command & -) and "zoom in" (option & command & +)
5) press option & command & + (thats the =/+ key next to the -/_ key, near the row of number keys along the top of the keyboard) all at the same time. your screen will zoom in (use your mouse or touchpad to move the screen around after you let go of the option, command & + keys, the screen will stay zoomed in)
6) press option & command & - to zoom out again

thats it. do it once and you'll see how simple it is.

Also, it doesn't matter what you have selected or what program you are in or what window you are on, you will zoom in on whatever your screen looks like, s if you took a photograph of your screen at that very moment and just held it closer to your face.

November 26, 2007 at 1:53 AM  
Blogger sam_e said...

didnt work at first or me, but keep trying different things..

the option-click worked after a little

November 26, 2007 at 11:50 PM  

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