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#25784 - 04/21/13 10:58 AM quick look
jaybass Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: toronto Canada
10.6.8 imac I looked at the activity monitor again and noticed that Quick look uses alot of CPU. All I know is that it is something to do with previews. I only use my computer for ripping, burning, downloading movies, movie converting, itunes, audio converting, iphoto, P/S elements 10, emails, uploading photos, editing audio, printing & copying. Do I need Quick look? Would it affect my computer in some undesirable way if I removed it? Also, how do you remove it?
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#25787 - 04/21/13 01:11 PM Re: quick look [Re: jaybass]
alternaut Offline

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Registered: 08/04/09
Quick Look is an integral part of the OS, introduced in Leopard. It offers great functionality, as long as it doesn't choke or otherwise gets in your way, as occasionally happens. In your case, this could occur with movie clips, especially if you have large numbers of such files on slow media Quick Look might want to read to generate thumbnails.

Because of its tie-in with the OS, Quick Look isn't easily done away with if at all, although you can (temporarily) disable aspects like "Show icon preview". To get an idea of the available options and the associated issues involved, check out the MacOS Hints thread DISABLE Quick Look.
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#25788 - 04/21/13 01:16 PM Re: quick look [Re: jaybass]
artie505 Online


Registered: 08/04/09
QuickLook was the feature that induced me to upgrade from Panther to Leopard after skipping Tiger.

If you select a file or folder and depress your space bar QL shows you the text, etc. of the file (without launching any apps) or the contents of the folder, and it's so useful that I can't imagine removing it, nor do I know whether it's even possible, buried as deeply in /System/Library (the untouchable part of OS X) as it is.

I can't imagine why QL is using so much CPU time; can you tell us under what circumstances that happens?
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#25796 - 04/22/13 08:32 AM Re: quick look [Re: alternaut]
jaybass Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: toronto Canada
I have just looked at the MacOS Hints Quick Look and I now know more about it and consequently will keep it...as if I have a choice! Strangely enough, I opened the activity monitor a few minutes ago and QL wasn't there, and now it is listed!
Thanks. jaybass

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#25797 - 04/22/13 09:05 AM Re: quick look [Re: artie505]
jaybass Offline


Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: toronto Canada
As you can see from my reply to alternaut, I can now appreciate it's function.
There are still some items in A/M that I have no idea what they are, however, ignorance is bliss so they say. As for the circumstances, I don't recall exactly what I was doing. Not much help I'm afraid.
Thanks artie, jaybass


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