Windows 11 implements one of the best features of macOS

Whether you're from Windows or Mac, Microsoft or Apple, sometimes you miss a feature in your operating system that he does have his rival. It can be an application, a menu or a tiny function that would help you in a big way. Fortunately, many times they copy each other for the benefit of all. The nth example is Quick View of macOS, a way to view photos that you'll be able to enjoy in Windows 11 sooner rather than later when it's added to Microsoft PowerToys.

In Apple's words, “Quick Look provides a fast and complete preview of virtually all types of files without having to open them. Hence its name. It is very practical when you have a good handful of photos and you need see some of them in more detail. Instead of opening it with your image editor, you can open it with Quick Look. At least on macOS.

As well. Several Microsoft developers have developed the equivalent of macOS Quick Look to integrate it into Windows 11. This way, you can view photos in their original size directly from Windows without opening a specific application. Without leaving Windows Explorer in its versions for Windows 10 and Windows 11.

A great little improvement for Windows

Interestingly, this addition to Windows 11 will require you to install Microsoft PowerToys. In the past I have already talked about these applications, a compendium of small utilities that change things in Windows, add new functions and, in general, make our lives easier. They are improvements for Windows that are not integrated into the operating system, but you have to install them yourself with this free software that you can download from your repository on GitHub.

Every new feature you add to Windows 11 has its own name. Currently there are twelve outstanding, and what do they do? small tasks but in a different way than how Windows 10 and Windows 11 behave by default.

  • Always on Top: Block windows so that they are seen above the rest.
  • PowerToys Awake: Keeps your PC on despite power and shutdown options.
  • color picker: a tool to import color from any window or application.
  • FancyZones- Improves the way you organize windows on your screen.
  • File Explorer Add-ons: Adds new features to Windows Explorer.
  • Image Resizer: enlarge images from a very practical contextual menu.
  • KeyboardManager: used to remap the keys on your keyboard.
  • Mouse utilities: Used to find and highlight the mouse cursor on the screen.
  • PowerRename: An app for batch file renaming.
  • PowerToys Run: An homage to Mac's Spotlight, a universal desktop search engine.
  • ShortcutGuide: Teaches you the keyboard shortcuts associated with the Windows key.
  • Video Conference Mute- Turn off the microphone and turn off the camera with keyboard shortcuts.

How Preview will work on Windows

Sooner than later, in future versions of Microsoft PowerToys we will find a new application. His name for now is Peek and pays homage to macOS Quick Look so you can use it on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

It works by selecting an image in Windows Explorer. pressing the keys Shift + Space bar, a new window will open showing that image in full size. Better than Explorer thumbnails. And without leaving it. Although there are few details about the function, it should work with image formats most popular versions of Windows 11, the same ones that Explorer can preview.

The announcement was made in Reddit. One of those responsible for him uploaded a test video showing how this function called Peek. But neither he nor we know when it will be incorporated into Microsoft PowerToys so that we can all enjoy Quick Look on Windows.

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