Is there a way to tell OS X to use the quicklook text viewer for files with specific extensions?

For example, I use emacs org-mode for tasks lists, etc. Usually I view (and edit) these in emacs, however sometimes I browse in Finder and want to know the contents of an org file.

Similarly, this would be helpful for .conf files.

I know that I could search for custom QuickLook plugins (or create one) but it'd be easier and good enough just to use the simple text viewer.

  • I installed QLStephen, which did successfully allow me to QuickLook my .org files. But it caused other problems. – incandescentman Feb 25 '16 at 23:06

Based on the sample UTImportedTypeDeclarations from qlcolorcode, I use this entry:

        <string>Org-mode Text</string>

Don't forget to run 'sudo qlmanage -r' from the Terminal(or relogin) to pick up the changes.

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  • Worked, but I also had to touch /Applications/TextEdit.app – Doug Harris Dec 7 '10 at 14:48
  • Where am I supposed to put this code? – incandescentman Jul 31 '15 at 23:15

You should be able to apply these instructions to adding the extension to TextEdit (rather than TexShop) to get what you want.

Good luck!

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    Tried this, didn't take. – Doug Harris Mar 2 '10 at 14:21

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