Use Quick Look to Skim Sites – Mac Kung Fu, 2nd Edition

Tip 395Use Quick Look to Skim Sites

Here’s an interesting way of viewing web pages that might be useful for those who are frequently in a hurry and just want to skim the front pages of sites without first loading Safari.

Some setup is required, as follows. Create a new folder, and then use Safari to visit the first of the websites you want to regularly skim. Click and drag the small icon just before the web address to the new folder. This will create a .weblo file—a web location file that’s nothing more than a file-based bookmark for a site. Repeat with the other websites you want to regularly skim. You might choose to rename the web location files to make them easier to identify at a glance. This won’t affect which website they point to.

Setup is now complete. In the future, all you need to do to skim the sites is select the first web location file in the list and then hit Space to view the site using Quick Look. The Quick Look window will load the site, looking like a stripped-down version of Safari. Once you’ve finished reading, click the next web location file (or use the Left/Right cursor keys to move between the web location files). This will then open in the Quick Look window. Keep going until you’ve finished, and then hit Space to close the Quick Look window.