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QuickLook for Windows 10 brings a useful Mac feature to PCs

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A free utility in the Microsoft Store

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If you’re a Mac user you’re probably used to just hitting the space bar to see a quick preview of a file. It’s a useful feature that Microsoft hasn’t brought to Windows 10 yet, but a new app in the Microsoft Store now offers the best way to get this macOS feature on a PC. QuickLook does exactly what its name suggests, allowing you to preview most file types from within File Explorer.

It works just like the macOS Quick Look feature, and you can hit enter to open in the default app, or choose a different app to open the file in. Unfortunately there’s not many options to customize the app, but it does also support ctrl+ mouse wheel to zoom in on documents and PDFs and you can always quickly close the preview by hitting escape or move to the next document by hitting up / down. It works well for most file types that you’d want to preview, but GIFs might take an extra few seconds to load.

Seer, an app also available for Windows, is very similar to QuickLook, but I personally prefer the features and UI of QuickLook and the fact it’s regularly updated through the Microsoft Store. You can download QuickLook free of charge from the Microsoft Store.