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Quick Look

QuickLook for Windows allows you to preview several different file types by tapping the Space bar on the keyboard.

QuickLook is a fast and easy way to peek at files by highlighting the item and pressing the Space bar. It supports several kinds of formats; text, video, audio, PDF, compressed folders and Microsoft Office files.
You can zoom in or out, open items with the default application, have multiple preview windows open simultaneously (very convenient if you want to view several items at once), play a video or view documents. Another tap on the space bar closes the preview window.
Supported file types include:
• Almost all image formats: .png, .apng, .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .psd, Camera RAW
• Compressed archives: .zip, .rar, .tar.gz, .7z, etc.
• PDF and .ai files
• Almost all audio and video formats: .mp4, .mkv, .m2ts, .ogg, .mp3, .m4a, etc.
• Comma-separated values file (.csv)
• Email and Outlook Email files (.eml and .msg)
• HTML files (.htm, .html)
• Markdown file (.md, .markdown)
• All kinds of text files including reg and batch files (determined by file content)

Note: if you’ve enabled single click to open items in Windows, it’s probably best to have checkboxes enabled. Checking the box and then tapping the Space bar is the easiest way to use this app with single click enabled.

How to use a single click to open anything in Windows:
Go to File Explorer > View > Options > General > Single click to open an item (point to select) > Apply > OK.
This eliminates the need to double click the mouse to open files, folders, programs, etc. in Windows. It can be reversed if you prefer double clicking to open items.

To enable checkboxes in Windows: Go to File Explorer > View > Options > View tab > Use check boxes to select items > Apply > OK. Scroll down a bit to find the check box option and check the box next to it.

QuickLook has hotkeys and buttons and works with various File Managers like Everything and Directory Opus. There are plugins are available to enhance usability.
QuickLook is available from the Windows Store and as a portable or installable archive from the developers GitHub page. It runs on  32/64 bit versions of Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista, and is malware free according to VirusTotal. Requires .NET framework.

You can get it here:
Microsoft Windows Store
QuickLook Releases (installer and portable versions)

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This is a very helpful program - I have used it before, but I didn't realise that it plays videos (!) and also can preview every page of a PDF that you highlight.
You do need to mention it requires the added installation of NET Framework to function

It does play videos and preview PDF pages and files. :-)
I'll add .NET to the article, I didn't see that requirement listed anywhere I looked.

That's probably because just about every Windows user has .NET installed already...

Highly likely, though I often see it listed as requirement. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Very nice!
Thank you!

You're very welome. I'm glad you like it.

Nice find. Seems to work really well.

I use the "single click to open items in Windows" and find that no Windows changes (to add boxes) are necessary (at least on my initial testing :-)). I move the mouse to "hang" over a file until it is highlighted, and then press space to allow QuickLook to preview/un-preview. Enter or single clicking the file opens the file.

I found the mouse hovering to highlight the item is hit and miss on my system. Thanks for mentioning that.

Nice find rhiannon!

I'm happy you like it.