QuickLook plug-in to see previews of QuarkXPress documents

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Matthias Guenther (Quark)
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QuickLook plug-in to see previews of QuarkXPress documents

Post by Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 21 Oct 2015, 08:07

Hi all,

QuarkXPress automatically installs a QuickLook plug-in on MacOS / OS X that shows you a preview of QuarkXPress documents (.qxp) when using QuickLook.

If you are not using QuarkXPress or – though you installed QuarkXPress – if you somehow do not see previews (e.g. when pressing space bar in Finder), then please use these instructions to install the QuickLook plug-in manually:

Free QuickLook plug-in to preview QuarkXPress projects
This will allow you to see thumbnails of QuarkXPress Projects (.qxp) in Finder and also provide a QuickLook preview.
This works for .qxp files created with QuarkXPress 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 and 2016; regardless whether you have QuarkXPress installed or not.

Manual installation:
  1. Download the zipped QuickLook plug-in:
    Click to download QXP QuickLook plug-in
  2. Unzip it.
    (Unzip by double-clicking the downloaded file.)
  3. Navigate to folder /Library/QuickLook/
    (That's the main 'Library' folder on your Macintosh HD. If the folder 'QuickLook' doesn't exist, you can safely create one.)
  4. Put the QuickLook plug-in into this folder.
    (So copy the file 'QuarkXPress.qlgenerator' there. Finder will probably ask you for permission. If you already find one in there, replace it.)
  5. Log off and log on again.

This should now work. Verify by navigating to a .qxp file in Finder, select it and press the Spacebar. You should see something like this (provided that these QXPs have been saved with preview):
(If you need a sample *.qxp file to verify that it works, please download one here: Click to download sample QXP)

Looking for QuickLook plug-ins for other file formats?
Go have a look here, this great site lists all known QuickLook plug-ins:

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