How to fix Quick Look stuck at loading on macOS

Quick look is feature on macOS that allows you to quickly preview a file. It supports quite a few different file formats and it’s so popular, there are apps that replicate it on Windows 10. The feature is great because it’s quick but if Quick Look tends to get stuck, or takes a long time to actually show the file you want to preview, it defeats the purpose of having it. If you have Quick Look stuck at loading, here’s how you can fix it.

Fix Quick Look stuck at loading

Open Finder and navigate to the following location;

~/Library/QuickLook

Here, there should be a file called DropboxQL.qlgenerator if you use Dropbox on your Mac. Delete this file. If you do not use Dropbox on your Mac, you can skip this step however, if other cloud service apps are installed on your system, and one of them has a “qlgenerator” file in this location, delete it.

Next, Restart Finder. Tap the Command+Option+Escape keyboard shortcut, select Finder, and click Relaunch.

After you restart Finder, open Terminal and run the following command. You will need to authenticate with your user password.

sudo update_dyld_shared_cache -force

The command takes about a minute to complete but it may take less or more time depending on your system.

This next step might take a little time. Open Activity Monitor. You can open it from the Launchpad, or you can search for it via Spotlight. Once it’s open, look for all Quick Look processes. Tap the Q key and it will jump to the first process that begins with that letter. Keep tapping it until you find a Quick Look process. With the process highlighted, click the close button at the top (see screenshot below) to quit it. Repeat this for all Quick Look processes. Additionally, look for and quit all QuickLookSatellite processes.

Restart Finder again the same way you did before. When you next select a file and tap the Spacebar, the Quick Look preview will open much faster.

We’ve highlighted Dropbox as one of the apps that may cause problems with Quick Look but it may not be the only one. Other cloud service apps might also be to blame, and desktop apps i.e., those that do not work with an online service might also be causing the problem. As such, those apps may have a qlgenerator in the Quick Look folder. You can try deleting them. It won’t have any long or short term negative effects on your Mac. The files will automatically be generated again when you use Quick Look.

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How to download torrent files in sequence on Windows 10

A torrent isn’t always a single file. It can be multiple files that are all downloaded via a single torrent. These files may, or may not be in a particular sequence but if they are, and you want to download them in that sequence you have two options. There’s a manual way to do it which requires time, constant user intervention, and it works on any and all torrent clients. The second method works but with specific torrent clients only.

Download torrent files in sequence

The first method, which works regardless which torrent client you’re using requires that you skip all files except the first one that you want to download. When the first file has been downloaded, you will have to manually select the second file and begin downloading it.

Disclaimer: The screenshot below is for illustrative purposes only. Do not pirate copyright protected content.

Go ahead and add the torrent. Allow it to load a list of the files it will download. Select all the files except the first one in the sequence, right-click one of the selected files, and select the ‘Don’t Download’ option from the context menu.

When the first download is complete, select the second file, right-click it, and select Start.

If you don’t want to have to manually intervene each time a file download completes, you can use the qBittorrent client. It has an option automatically download file in sequence. The client is free, and open-source. Go ahead and install it. When you add a torrent, there’s an option to ‘Download in sequential order’. Select it, and then add the torrent to the client. The files in the torrent will now download in sequence. The files must already be sorted into a sequence for this to work.

There are some other clients that have this same option but we can’t give you an exhaustive list of them all. If you’d rather not use the qBittorrent client, check if the one you prefer has a similar setting. If it doesn’t, and it also doesn’t support plugins, or a plugin that adds this feature isn’t available, you’re going to have to switch torrent clients.

For what it’s worth, qBittorrent isn’t a bad client by any measure. It has more than just the basic features that a torrent client has and clearly, a few more than the basic ones. The UI might be a bit outdated for Windows 10 but there are apps out there that look far worse.

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How to search for files and folders from Command Prompt on Windows 10

Windows search can find just about anything on your Windows drive. If you like the feature enough, you can extend the search to other drives on your system. There are other apps/utilities that you can install if you find Windows search isn’t as effective or you can search for files and folders from Command Prompt. Here’s how.

Search for files and folders from Command Prompt

Command Prompt can search a particular drive, or a specific folder for files and folders. By default, assuming you’re running it with ordinary user rights, it opens to your user folder and you may, or may not want to search that particular folder. This is why you need to know how to move Command Prompt to a different location.

If you want to search other non-window drives, you will need to switch to it first with the following command;

Syntax

drive_letter:

Example

D:

To move to a different folder, use the command below. The quote marks are only necessary if you have folders that have a space in their names in the path that you’re entering but it’s best to make a habit out of adding them

Syntax

cd "path-to-folder"

Example

cd "D:\Images"

Search for files by type

The following command allows you to search the current folder for all files of a particular type.

Syntax

dir /b/s *.file_extension

Example

dir /b/s *.png

The above command will look for all PNG files in the current directory and its sub-folders. The /s switch tells the command to include sub-folders, and the /b switch displays files without including metadata making the list easy to read.

Search for files by name

To search for files by name, use the following command;

Syntax

dir *file_name*.* /s

Example

dir *arrow*.* /s

The above command will look for all files that match the file name you entered regardless of the file type. If you want to narrow the search down by file type, enter the file extension after the period.

Example

dir *arrow*.jpg /s

Search for folders

To search a folder for sub-folders, use the following command;

Syntax

dir "Name of folder to search" /AD /b /s

Example

dir Images /AD /b /s

Remember that the above command will search the folder you enter for sub-directories. If you want to search a different folder, use the cd command to move to where the folder is located and then run the command.

Search for folder with unknown name

If you’re not sure what the name of a folder is, you can use the following command.

Syntax

dir /s/b /A:D "D:*partial-name-of-folder*"

Example

dir /s/b /A:D "D:*Stea*"

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How to create Smart Folders on macOS

Regardless of what OS you use, you will inevitably have to search entire folders for other folders or files. Every file manager, regardless of how basic or advanced it is, supports a search feature however macOS’ Finder can save folder searches and proactively update them to include new files that match a certain criteria. This feature is called Smart Folders.

Create Smart Folders

Smart folders target a particular folder and this can be your entire home folder or one little folder nested inside several others. You can even select your entire HDD or SSD. Navigate to the folder you want to search e.g., the Downloads folder. On the menu bar select File>New Smart Folder. A new window will open that looks a lot like Finder but the icon in the window’s title bar will show a purple folder.

Click the plus button on the save bar and it will add the first rule for including files in the smart folder. You can add as many rules as you want by clicking the plus button again, and again. The rules allow you to include files by type, date modified, created, accessed, among other things. You can also change the criteria from ‘Kind’ to ‘Name’, or ‘Contents’. If you select ‘Other’ from the menu, you get an entire list of attributes that you can use to filter files.

Once you’ve added as many rules as you need to for your files, click the Save button at the top. Give the Smart Folder a name and if you want, you can uncheck the ‘Add To Sidebar’ option.

The Smart Folder is now ready so you can access it whenever you want. It will update to include or exclude any files that have been added and that meet its filtering criteria.

If you later need to change the rules for a Smart Folder, navigate to it. Right-click it, and select the ‘Show Search Criteria’ option. You can then change the search filters you’ve set, add new ones, or delete the ones that are present.

If you choose to not add Smart Folders to the Finder side bar, you can access them from your Home folder under Library. The Library folder is a hidden folder so navigate to your Home folder and tap the Command+Shift+. keyboard shortcut to reveal it. Inside the Library folder, there’s a folder called ‘Saved Searches’. All your Smart Folders are saved to it. You can modify them or create a shortcut to them.

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How to boot to the Troubleshoot menu on Windows 10

If Windows 10 fails to start several times in succession, you’re eventually taken to the Troubleshoot menu where there are multiple options/tools at your disposal to fix the problem. If you’re on your desktop, you can go to the Settings app and under the recovery options, you can access the troubleshoot menu. If you’d like to boot to the Troubleshoot menu without a failed start up, and without going through the Settings app, you can. It’s really a matter of tapping the right key at the right time.

Boot to Troubleshoot menu

There are multiple ways to boot to the Troubleshoot menu but we’re going to cover methods that you can use if you are unable to access the desktop. From the desktop, it’s easy to access the menu but from a clean/fresh boot, it’s not as simple.

Tap F11 key

The first and easiest method to boot to the Troubleshoot menu is to turn on your PC, and tap the F11 key. Make sure you tap it repeatedly and that you start doing so right away. If your system tends to boot quickly, you might have to make a few attempts at booting to the troubleshoot menu.

In the event that the F11 key doesn’t work, try the F8 or Shift+F8. It may or may not work but it’s worth trying if the F11 key doesn’t.

Installation media

Installation media i.e. a USB that you can use to install Windows 10 can also be used to fix problems with Windows 10. The trick is getting your hands on installation media when you’re unable to boot to your desktop. You will need to use another system but once you have access to one, creating installation media is easy. You can download it from Microsoft’s website for free. There’s no need to enter a license key.

Connect the USB to your system, and make sure it is set to boot from the USB device. The installation media will give you options to either install Windows 10 or to fix problems with the current installation.

Force shut down on start

If all else fails, this method will work. Turn on your system and before it can boot to the desktop, force shut it down by holding down the power button. Repeat this at least 3-5 times and eventually, you will get the Troubleshoot menu. This method should not have any side effects nor should it damage files on your system.

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