I am looking for a free program that replicated the built-in Quick Look feature on OSX for Windows 7.

This is basically a quick glance of the file/folder selected when you press space. By quick glance, I mean:

For folders:

  • folder size
  • number of files?
  • image of thumbnails inside folder

For files:

  • file size
  • preview of file

By preview of file, I mean, if it's a picture, show the picture. If it's a word document, show a preview of the document etc.


  • free
  • features above
  • runs on Windows 7 64-bit

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    See this superuser.com/questions/49115/… – Cornelius Jul 1 '14 at 20:28
  • Most of What you're looking for is already available in windows explorer. You can see a preview of the file in the preview pane (images, mp3, video, office files or pdf's if Adobe's reader is installed); the size is available as a column in details view or in the Details Pane in the bottom. For folders the properties window (alt+Enter or Properties from the context or file menu) can get you the total size and number of files. You're only missing the preview of files contained in a folder. – frozenkoi Jul 24 '14 at 21:20
  • @frozenkoi Yes, but the thing is, I want everything in one place, easily accessible. Also, Windows does not show previews of file in a folder and files themselves (eg. a text file preview) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 24 '14 at 21:38

Seer, "A quick look tool for Windows", acts just like the Quick Look on OS X.

And Seer is more powerful and faster.

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    Completely forgot to follow up on this! It's great! Thank you :) This is the best I've seen, so I've accepted it :) – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Oct 11 '15 at 16:16
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    a better one is coming soon~~ I did a lot of work about it. : ) – Hunker Oct 12 '15 at 4:19

Try QTTabBar:

  • freeware
  • the folder previews are shown by clicking on a button that appears when hovering with the mouse a folder
  • no preview for MP3 or documents (except plain .txt)
  • preview for images and videos (may require codec pack installation?)
  • adds some other features to Windows Explorer which some may (not) want - like tabbed browsing

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    Thanks, but really looking for a program that more-or-less replicates Quick View, especially the SPACEBAR toggle – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 5 '14 at 12:51
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    Original QTTabBar seems to be discontinued, but this fork is still under active development. – gronostaj Jul 22 '14 at 15:15
  • Well I didn't want my bounty to go to waste so I will award it to this answer. Thanks for your help on this question though. :) – Izumi-reiLuLu Jul 29 '14 at 9:40

maComfort seems to be what you are looking. One of the feature is

Quicklook Preview files like you would on Mac. Just hit space and a Quicklook preview of the file will be shown.

Available as a Freemium.

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    This only show the details of the file. If I pressed space on a picture it doesn't display it/preview it like in mac. – Izumi-reiLuLu Jul 28 '14 at 11:18
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    It also doesn't show preview for files, such as .txt files. There is no slideshow for pictures. It only shows file size and path. Good option though... – ᔕᖺᘎᕊ Jul 28 '14 at 11:28
  • I am not sure what lzumi or ᔕᖺᘎᕊ are having issues with, but I can do what they seem to not be able to. – Mike Kormendy Feb 10 '15 at 20:19

I think the current best option would be QuickLook. It works in various file managers including Directory Opus, it is free (GPL v3), and it is under active development.

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