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TUAW Tips: Get a better view with Quick Look

John Burke

Quick Look is such an awesome feature of Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6, making it really fun and easy to view files and folders from anywhere on your Mac. But what happens when you have a folder with multiple items and want to get a better idea of what's inside? Well, you could always just open the folder in Finder, but there's a cool modification you can make to get an even quicker view.

You can get this working on your Mac in a few simple steps:

  1. Quit/Relaunch Finder using the Force Quit menu
  2. Open Terminal
  3. Paste (or type) the following command: defaults write QLEnableXRayFolders 1
  4. Relaunch Finder
The contents of the folder will now be shown when you use Quick Look. In true Apple elegance, the files will even fade and cycle through the contents.

[via Mac OS X Hints]

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