Quick Look - Making it Easier

After I installed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, I spent some time learning my way around the new operating system and assessing its features. One thing that really did not impress me is Quick Look. My daily working computer is a 17" MacBook Pro.

I make use of every inch of my screen real estate. I keep several application windows open and position them carefully so that I have instant access to the tools I need. While some users enlarge every window to fill their screen, I keep windows large enough to be useful, but small enough that I can move between applications by simply clicking in their window.
After I installed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, I spent some time learning my way around the new operating system and assessing its features. One thing that really did not impress me is Quick Look. My daily working computer is a 17" MacBook Pro.

I make use of every inch of my screen real estate. I keep several application windows open and position them carefully so that I have instant access to the tools I need. While some users enlarge every window to fill their screen, I keep windows large enough to be useful, but small enough that I can move between applications by simply clicking in their window.



This new Quick Look just did not "work" for me. This is my "normal" window:



Clicking on the Quick Look button left me with little room to see the files inside a folder:



If I really wanted to see what the documents inside a folder looked like, it meant moving the window to the upper left corner of the screen then dragging the lower right corner of each window. While it is possible to use the green button in the upper left corner of each window, that works best if the window was aligned in the upper right corner of the screen. In my work environment, that space is occupied by my Mail window. I need to keep a close eye on incoming messages to some of my mailboxes.

While I was on a recent MacMania InSight cruise, I attended a wonderful session with Sal Soghoian, the Apple Inc. AppleScript and Automator Product Manager. He told us about a wonderful little AppleScript that has can be placed in the toolbar of Finder windows.



The AppleScript has been bundled into an application, Browse Full Screen. It can be downloaded here. Be sure to read the web page to learn where to place it and how to add it to your Finder Window toolbars.

If you would like to learn more about using the new Leopard operating system for the Macintosh, remember our training sessions at Bob LeVitus Consulting. Tutoring is scheduled in one hour increments and using our special software, we can see and help your control your keyboard and mouse. Our tutoring sessions are only $60.00 per hour!

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