How to Edit Files and Images Using Quick Look on Mac

Quick Look window on Mac showing the crop feature
Khamosh Pathak

Quick Look on Mac is an incredibly useful way to preview a file without completely opening it. In macOS Mojave and above, you can perform quick edits on files in the Quick Look popup without needing to open a third-party app.

How to Edit and Mark Up Images and PDFs

All of Preview’s editing and markup features are now available directly in the Quick Look menu. This means you can crop an image, rotate it, mark it up with text, and even add a signature, all without opening the image in Preview. The same goes for PDFs.

Start by opening the Finder app (file explorer) and locating the image or PDF. If it’s on your Desktop, click it to select it. After selecting the image or PDF, press the Space bar to open it in Quick Look.

An image open in the Quick Look window from Finder

The Quick Look window will open up above everything. You can press the “Esc” key to go back if you select the wrong item or you no longer want to edit it.

You’ll see two buttons next to the “Open with Preview” button. The first button is a quick shortcut to the “Rotate” feature. Click on it and the photo will rotate by 90 degrees (in the left direction) instantly. This is an incredibly quick way to fix a picture with the wrong orientation.

Next to it, you’ll see the “Markup” button. Click on it, and you’ll see a new toolbar appear at the top. If you’ve used the Preview app before, you’ll recognize the editing options.

Click on the Edit button to edit the image in Quick Look

From the left, you’ll find the Sketch, Draw, Shapes, Text, Highlight, Sign, Shape Style, Border Color, Fill Color, Text Style, Rotate Right, Rotate Left, and Crop buttons.

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How to Stop Selfies From Appearing in the iPhone’s Selfies Album

iPhone showing the Albums section in Photos app highligting the Selfies album
Khamosh Pathak

The Photos app on your iPhone automatically populates all photos from the front-facing camera in the Selfies album. But what if you don’t want a photo to appear there? Here are a couple of solutions.

Hide the Selfie from All Albums

The easiest way to hide a photo from the Selfies album is to move it to the Hidden album. The downside is the picture will be hidden from all albums, including the Recents album.

To hide a photo, open the image in the Photos app and then tap on the “Share” button that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it.

Tap on Share button to open Share sheet in Photos app

Next, select “Hide” photo. The image will instantly disappear from the Selfies album.

Tap on Hide to hide the photo from all albums

To find the photo, go to the “Albums” tab, scroll down to the “Other Albums” section, and tap on “Hidden.”

Tap on Albums then tap on Hidden to show the hidden photos

Remove EXIF Data Using Shortcuts

Apple uses EXIF data (metadata that’s attached to every photo) to sort pictures into the Selfies album. If the EXIF data says the photo was taken using the iPhone’s front-facing camera, it will automatically end up in the Selfies album. How do you stop this? Simple: Remove the EXIF data.

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How to Use the finger Command on Linux

A terminal window on an Ubuntu-style Linux desktop
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Knowing who is using your Linux or Unix-like system is a fundamental part of managing it. Pointing at someone might be considered rude, but using your finger can still be enlightening.

The finger command almost certainly isn’t installed by default in your Linux distribution. It was absent on the Ubuntu, Fedora, and Manjaro distributions used to research this article.  We’ve already covered the pinky command, which is the lightweight version of finger. pinky is supplied by default, but if you want to use fingerYou, yed to install it.

The finger and pinky commands perform the same sort of task. They both tell you some information about the currently logged in users on your Linux or Unix-like operating system. The sets of information they each provide are slightly different and pinky has a few more options to progressively prune out the bits you might not want to see.

If you want to have your Linux setup up to be more “Unix-like” than “Linux-like,” you might want to use finger. Perhaps you have inherited some scripts that expect finger to be available.  But regardless of the reason if you are forced to—or just prefer to—use finger, here is how to install it and use it.

RELATED: How to Use the pinky Command on Linux

Installing finger

You can install finger on Ubuntu with this command:

sudo apt-get install finger

sudo apt-get install finger in a terminal window

To install finger on Fedora, use this command:

sudo dnf install finger

sudo dnf install finger in a terminal window

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The Best Leather Laptop Sleeves

Tuk Tuk Press Leather laptop Sleeve on table
Tuk Tuk Press

The world is a dangerous place, and if you take your laptop with you everywhere you go, accidents are bound to happen. A leather laptop sleeve is a great tool to have for that extra layer of protection against the outside world.

What’s Important to Look for When Purchasing a Laptop Sleeve?

Before picking out your laptop sleeve, you should consider what makes a good sleeve and what your needs are.

  • Material: All the picks on this list are made from some form of leather, but faux leather options are becoming increasingly more popular and eco-friendly. Both offer solid protection from bumps and scratches and will keep your laptop safe. The inside should be soft to prevent scratches.
  • Protection: The laptop sleeve should be able to protect your laptop from outside impact and spills. Leather is great for surface damage, but for higher impact damage and falls, extra padding is an important feature in protecting your device.
  • Size: A very important question to ask before you buy any laptop sleeve is: Will this sleeve actually fit your laptop? Remember that laptop screen sizes are generally measured in diagonal length—the length from the top-left to bottom-right corners—and not the horizontal length. In addition to your laptop fitting inside the sleeve, you’ll want to make sure the sleeve will either fit inside your bag or has a handle to be carried.
  • Pockets: While not a requirement for a laptop sleeve, many have at least one pocket. You can keep your laptop charger, USB thumb drives, phone, and headphones all together with your laptop. If the sleeve has a handle and pockets, you almost don’t even need a full-sized messenger bag or backpack.

The Best for Most People: FYY Premium Leather Sleeve

FYY Pocketed Leather Laptop Sleeve

If you’re looking for an easy way to carry your laptop around while also keeping it safe from harm, the FYY premium leather sleeve is a great choice. The handle, zipper pocket, and inner compartments allow you to keep all your essentials with you at all times. Your phone, wallet, chargers, and computer can all easily fit in this sleeve while still managing to be much smaller and compact than a conventional full-sized laptop bag. It comes in 2 sizes ranging from 12 to 15.6 inches, fitting most laptops. Because of its great price and amazing quality, the FYY premium laptop sleeve is the best choice for most people.

The Best for Most People

FYY 12-13.5″ [Premium Leather] Laptop Sleeve Case Cover Bag for MacBook Pro/ MacBook Air/ iPad Pro 12.9 2018 2017 2016, Laptop Bag for 12″-13.5″ Surface Lenovo Dell HP ASUS Acer Chromebook Black

If you’re looking for a way to easily carry your laptop while keeping it safe from harm, the FYY leather laptop sleeve is the best choice for most people.

The Best Faux-Leather Option: HYZUO Faux-Leather Sleeve

HYZUO leather laptop sleeve

Leather can be a controversial topic for some people. But no matter your reason for not wanting to use real leather, the HYZUO faux-leather sleeve is an excellent choice. This sleeve comes in three sizes (13″-15″) that will fit almost any laptop. As a bonus, it also comes in a variety of colors and in horizontal and vertical orientations. The sleeve includes a separate, portable pouch for holding your chargers, headphones, and mouse, so you can easily keep your computer stuff together (although, you can purchase it without this option if you want) This sleeve will protect your laptop just as well as the real leather options and doesn’t raise any moral questions. So if you want the suede leather look and feel without having to use animal leather, the HYZUO faux-leather sleeve is the way to go.

The Best Faux-Leather Option

HYZUO 13 Inch Laptop Sleeve Case Compatible with 2018 MacBook Air 13 A1932/ MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2016 2017 2018/ Surface Pro 6 5 4/ Dell XPS/Huawei MateBook 13 Pro with Small Bag, Faux Suede Leather

The HYZUO faux-leather laptop sleeve is an amazing product that isn’t made from any part of an animal. If you’re looking to protect your laptop but don’t approve of using real leather, this sleeve is perfect for you.

The Premium Pick: Tuk Tuk Press

Tuk Tuk Press leather sleeve
Tuk Tuk Press

Not all leather is made the same. If you’re looking for a premium quality material, then the Tuk Tuk Press leather sleeve might just be the one for you. This sleeve is hand-stretched from premium quality buffalo leather giving it an absolutely gorgeous, authentic look. The trim and zipper are stitched together by hand with a beautiful yellow thread, tying the whole thing together. It comes in two sizes (13-14″ and 15-17″) that will fit almost any laptop, so if you’re looking for a rustic, luxury sleeve, the Tuk Tuk Press leather sleeve is our premium pick.

Why Does My Milk Go Bad Early?

A man in front of an open fridge, smelling a milk bottle with a repulsed expression.
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Whether there’s a half a gallon or half a cup left, when milk goes bad, it’s not fun. There are a few reasons why your milk might not make it to the expiration date. Let’s take a look.

Improper Refrigeration Temperature

Proper refrigeration is the key to keeping your milk past the expiration date without it going sour or lumpy.

The USDA recommends you keep things below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for all refrigerated foods to prevent bacteria from growing and milk from turning. It’s best to store your milk between 35 and 40 degrees. This keeps it pleasantly chilled and prevents you from getting food poisoning.

Where to Keep Milk in the Fridge

Even if your refrigerator is at the right temperature, it doesn’t mean everything in there is being equally chilled. The door is not the coldest part of the fridge, so avoid storing your milk there.

Depending on the style of refrigerator you have, you have a few options. Hot air rises, and that’s generally true in your fridge, as well. So, the bottom shelf should be the coldest place in the fridge. But if your refrigerator has a freezer above it, the top shelf will be coldest.

Curious about the conditions in your fridge? Well, you don’t have to be—fridge thermometers are dirt cheap.

How Long Is Too Long?

Does it frustrate you when someone pulls the milk from the fridge and leaves it on the counter for the duration of breakfast? You might think this allows the milk to adjust to room temperature and start growing bacteria immediately.

However, you can leave milk out of the fridge safely for up to two hours. Of course, that also depends on the ambient temperature. For example, it’s a lot safer to leave milk out for a while during a chilly winter in Maine rather than a toasty summer in Arizona.

The safest bet? Don’t leave the milk out for more than an hour (and preferably less) on a hot summer day.