How to give macOS Quick Look new powers


Apple claims that a lot of his software is magic. Quick Look really is.

You can, while browsing the files on your Mac, press the spacebar to see a preview. It works for images, documents, and media files, and there are even basic editing features.

That’s great, but there are all kinds of files that the format doesn’t support. Fortunately, you can change that. There are many free apps that add new powers to Quick Look. Here are some of the best.

Please note that changes made to macOS a few years ago broke many Quick Look plugins available online. Everything listed here works from macOS 12 Monterey.

See what’s in the archive files

Screenshot: BetterZip via WIRED

On a Mac, opening a ZIP or RAR file, or any archive file, means extracting everything. I prefer this most of the time, but sometimes I want to quickly see what’s in an archive before opening it. BetterZip. is perfect for that.

This is a paid application that allows you to open archive files, similar to opening archives in Windows. You have to pay for most features, but the Quick Look plugin is free, so you can easily see the contents of any archive without having to open it. Twenty-two file formats are supported, including most you’ve heard of (and many you haven’t heard of).

Learn about apps before you run them

Quick Look doesn’t say much about apps, just file size and some copyright information.

Screenshot: Appearance via WIRED

The free Appearance app adds more information, allowing you to quickly see if an app is secure and will work on your system.


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