How to Quick Look preview multiple photos at once on Mac

By , Dec 7, 2015

QuickLook multiple photos

By now, everyone knows that you can perform a Quick Look preview on Mac by highlighting a file and pressing the Space bar. But did you know that it is possible to view multiple files at once using Quick Look?

I’m not talking about browsing through each selection using the left and right arrow keys, I’m talking about viewing both files or photos simultaneously within the Quick Look interface. In this post, I’ll show you how to preview multiple items at once, and a few other handy Quick Look tips for good measure.

How to view multiple files or photos in Quick Look

Step 1: Select the files you wish to preview and press the Space bar

Step 2: Hold ⌘ and press Return

QuickLook photos

You should now be able to view all of the selected files at once. To view a single file in a bigger window, just click on it.

How to open Quick Look in full screen

Quick Look Full screen

Step 1: Select the files you wish to preview

Step 2: Hold ⌥ and press Space to open the file(s) in a full screen Quick Look window

How to zoom to view the actual size of photos in Quick Look

Quick Look Zoom

Step 1: Open photos in Quick Look using Space bar

Step 2: Hold the ⌥ key to zoom in to actual size

Step 3: Use your cursor to pan around the image

There’s three handy tips to supercharge your Quick Look workflow on OS X. Special thanks to reddit user moonsprite for jogging my memory about the handy multiple files/photos feature.

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  • Tommy Gumbs

    This is awesome. I wish I had known about this much much sooner. But, better late than never. Thanks!