I had a PDF file that I wanted to extract a few snippets of text from but I just did not want to open up the application that is compatible to it.

While Quick Look lets users view the contents of the files in one’s Mac without having to launch applications, selecting the text to copy them is a different story.

I tried to look at the available options in the Mac OS user interface for any possible option to do just that but I could not find any.

I did find a solution in the MacWorld website contributed by Keir Thomas where you can copy and paste a snippet of text without actually having to open the associated application. Thank you by the way Keir! Your tip is simply helpful!

To make text selectable in Quick Look previews, you need to enable a setting in the Finder option. However, it is not in the user interface. You have to run a command in the Terminal application.

The Finder should restart after this and now you should be able to select text in Quick Look previews even with PDF documents and copy it. If you decide not to have this feature, just run this line in the Terminal application.

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