QuickLook App Brings Windows 10 a Nifty Mac Feature

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A nifty piece of macOS software that you may be familiar with — QuickLook — can now be appreciated by Windows 10 users, because of a new app that has hit the Microsoft Store.

Mac users can pick a file and tap the spacebar to invoke QuickLook and pop-up a fast preview of said document in a window, allowing them to, as an example, have a better look at a photograph without needing to completely open it in an app.

Developed by The Verge, the QuickLook program is a free download from the Microsoft Store, also implements precisely the same sort of useful in-line previews when you are working with files on the Windows 10 desktop (note that it will not work with Windows 10 S).

Precisely like the macOS feature, you tap the spacebar to see the preview of this document and tap again to close it or hit the Enter key to close the preview and then open the file within a program. You can even zoom in or out of previewed pictures or documents by scrolling the mouse wheel while holding down the Ctrl key.

So, this looks like a smart little piece of software for Windows 10, considering that it is entirely free, although note that this is still a working version since there’s a somewhat irritating known problem, namely that previewing Microsoft Office files could crash the program.

Hopefully, that’ll be a problem the programmer can sort sooner rather than later.

Mac owners who use QuickLook must remember that earlier this week; an error has been shown that could potentially spill your encrypted and sensitive data. Meanwhile, hopefully Apple will patch this specific vulnerability in macOS pronto.