Microsoft PowerToys Peek prototype copies this fan-favorite macOS feature
The Peek tool in PowerToys can preview a file in only 40 milliseconds, and it's still only a prototype.
What you need to know
- A group of Microsoft engineers created a prototype of a PowerToys tool for previewing files.
- The feature, known as Peek, can preview files in as little as 40 milliseconds.
- A similar feature called Quick Look is available on macOS.
Microsoft PowerToys could potentially get a feature called Peek that would allow users to preview files quickly. A Microsoft engineer shared a video of the feature on Reddit. While the tool is only a prototype, it could find its way onto PowerToys at some point.
Peek is similar to a feature on macOS called Quick Look, which is quite popular. Third-party apps QuickLook and Seer attempt to replicate macOS's previewing capabilities on Windows as well.
Peek supports customizable keyboard shortcuts for previewing files. In its current form, you have to use a combination of keys to preview a file rather than simply pressing the spacebar.
For those questioning the need for a tool for previewing files, a Microsoft engineer explained the project on Reddit:
While some files can be opened quickly, booting up an entire program just to double-check that a photo or file is correct may be a waste of time.
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