View Photos Faster on Mac with Quick Look

Viewing images (and PDF files) on a Mac using Preview app is disappointingly slow. Opening (double-clicking) a high-resolution photo will take you about 5 – 10 seconds to appear. Well, I have good news for you. There’s an alternative and faster way to view images (and preview all other items) on your Mac: Quick Look, that little eye icon on the toolbar. By default, the Quick Look icon is hidden. You need to first access the toolbar setting to make it one of your default icons on your toolbar.

You see that eye icon? That’s the Quick Look button.

Quick Look Feature on Mac OS X

Clicking on the Quick Look button launches an unbelievably fast preview of any file that you selected. And selecting multiple photos launches an instant slide show.

Quick Look Feature on Mac OS X

Right-click on the tool bar area and select “Customize Toolbar…“. This will reveal a lot of hidden features which you can add on the toolbar for instant access.

Quick Look Feature on Mac OS X

Simply drag and drop any of the icon you wish to appear on your toolbar, and voila!

Quick Look Feature on Mac OS X

Shortcut: Space Bar

Or you can use a shortcut: Just hit the spacebar with your highlighted file and it will launch a quick look. Hit space bar again and it will close. 🙂