Quick Actions in Finder

How To Access and Use Finder Quick Actions in MacOS Mojave

One of the great new features of MacOS Mojave is the new Quick Actions in Finder.  The feature, as the name suggests, allows you to quickly edit audio, image, and videos files right from within Finder without having to open up Preview or another app.  It isn’t as powerful as dedicated apps for these types of edits but if you need to do something in a hurry, it is a great way to get it done.

The trick with these new Quick Actions is that it isn’t very clear where to find them.  They are located in the Preview pane which, by default, is hidden in Finder.  Fortunately turning it on is easy and will expose the Quick Actions for you.

First, open up a Finder window on your Mac.  Now navigate to the top menu bar and go to View>Show Preview.  This will expand the view of the Finder on the right side to show the Preview pane.  If you see Hide Preview then you already have the Preview pane visible.

Enable Preview Pane in Finder

Enable Preview Pane in Finder

With the Preview pane now visible, find an audio, photo, or video file on your Mac and just click on it.  This will bring the that file into the Preview pane on the right side of Finder.  If you look below the information in the pane, you will see the Quick Actions below that information.

Quick Actions in Finder

Quick Actions in Finder

Depending on the type of file you are viewing, these Quick Actions will vary.  For an image, as you can see in my screenshot above, you have the ability to rotate a image, mark it up, or, under the More menu, convert that file to a PDF.  If you are viewing an audio or video file, you will see a trim option.  All you need to do is select the Quick Action you want to do and edit as you would in Preview or another app.

The cool thing is that Apple made it to where these Quick Actions can be customized.  So if, for example, if you don’t want have the Create PDF Quick Action enabled, you can turn it off in Settings.  That is found in Settings>Extensions>Finder.

Customizing Quick Actions in Finder Settings

Customizing Quick Actions in Finder Settings

If you have upgraded to MacOS Mojave and you haven’t checked out the new Quick Actions, give them a try and see what you think. They could save you some time and a few clicks.

For more How To’s for MacOS Mojave and other Apple platforms, head over to the Tips & Tricks section.

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