Quick Look is a small feature that many Mac users find useful. However, some users experienced problems using Quick Look after upgrading to macOS Ventura. Let’s take a look at the most common Quick Look issues that users may encounter in macOS Ventura. We offer a few quick fixes to get it working again if the feature stops working after updating your macOS Ventura.
How to use Quick View
To be honest, I haven’t used Quick Look before. When I use the Finder to search for a file, I tend to double-click the file name to open the file instead of the Preview app. However, I’m probably going to use Quick Look more often now. This is very useful, especially if you want to make quick changes to a file.
To use Quick Look, you just need to open it finder, select the file you want, and then press the spacebar. Quick Look gives you a quick look at a file and allows you to zoom in or out, rotate and highlight the file. You can even cut video or audio files from Quick Look.
Common issues with macOS Ventura Quick View
As we mentioned, many users reported that Quick Look stopped working after they updated their Macs to macOS Ventura. The five most common problems known so far are:
- Nothing happens when you press the spacebar.
- Quick Look displays only file thumbnails.
- When displaying thumbnails, there are no menus to view content or editing options.
- Quick Look does not play video files.
- Quick Look shows only a blank screen.
How to troubleshoot macOS Ventura Quick View issues
As with many Mac apps, the first thing you should do to fix Quick Look is force restart the Finder. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Press and hold Options and control keys together, then right-click finder icon in your Mac’s dock.
- Scroll down to select Relaunch
- Now try Quick Look again by selecting the file in the Finder and pressing the spacebar.
Clear Quick View cache data
If the first method doesn’t help, you may need to clear the Quick Look cache data. Follow the steps below to clear your Mac’s Quick Look cache data.
- Open it terminal on your Mac (Applications > Utilities).
- Enter the following command and press Enter:
qlmanage -r cache
- This will clear the cache. If the cache data has been cleared successfully, the terminal will say the following:
qlmanage: call reset on cache
This means that the Quick Look cache has been cleared.
- Restart your Mac and try again.
Use Quick View in Safe Mode
Finally, if the two methods above still don’t work, you can try using Quick Look while your Mac is in Safe Mode. If Quick Look is running in safe mode, exit and test Quick Look again in normal mode. If Quick Look won’t work after using it in safe mode, it’s a software problem. One possible reason for Quick Look not working properly could be your third-party antivirus or other clean-up programs.
To put your Mac in safe mode, follow the steps below depending on whether you’re running macOS Ventura on an Apple Silicon Mac or an Intel-based Mac.
How to Start Apple Silicon Mac in Safe Mode
- On your Mac, select Apple menu > Turn off.
- Wait for your Mac to shut down completely. The Mac is completely off when the screen is black and any lights (including the Touch Bar) are off.
- Press and hold the power button on your Mac until boot options appears.
- Choose the right volume, usually Macintosh HD.
- Press and hold shift key, then click Continue in safe mode.
Your computer will restart automatically. When the login window appears, you should see Secure boot in the menu bar.
How to Boot Your Intel-Based Mac into Safe Mode
- Turn on or restart your Mac, then immediately press and hold the button shift Click until you see the login window.
- Sign in to your Mac.
- You may be prompted to sign in again.
In the first or second login window, you should see Secure boot in the menu bar.
Hopefully, one of the three steps listed will resolve your Mac’s Quick Look issue while running macOS Ventura. For more tips and tricks, be sure to follow the Mac Observer.