Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes, computer files also need to be cleaned out from time to time. I’ve been going through my documents, and found some tips and tricks in old newsletters that are worth a second look. I’ll be sharing a few of the best ones in the weeks ahead. This week we’ll revisit how to play Peek-a-Boo with your documents.
Do you remember that you can look at what’s in a document without opening it up? Over time we amass so many documents we might not be sure what’s in each one. If you’ve ever wished that you could look at what’s in your document without waiting to launch the program, you can!
Here’s how to play Peek-a-Boo with your Mac files:
1. Click one time on the file
2. Press the space bar on your keyboard
3. View your file!
Yes, it’s really as simple as 1, 2, 3! You can even scroll through multipage documents or Keynote files.
You can’t edit the document until it’s open, you can only look at it. If you want to open the document just double click on the preview and it will open in the application.
FYI, this trick doesn’t work for all file types. It will not work for KidPix, Kidspiration, Graph Club, and SmartNotebook files. It also won’t work with web shortcuts you’ve placed on desktop or in a folder. It may not work with older computers and laptops, but it works with all the newer ones!