Two Easy Ways To View Keynote Files Without Owning Keynote [OS X Tips]

Two Easy Ways To View Keynote Files Without Owning Keynote [OS X Tips]

Apple’s presentation software Keynote is, in my opinion, a fantastic application for making presentations on your Mac. It’s easy to use, presents a unified metaphor for designing slideshow presentations, and makes using rich media a very simple process. Unfortunately, not everyone who uses a Mac will have Keynote, as it seems that Office is the de-facto standard in many businesses and computers.

Fear not, however, as viewing Keynote files on a Mac is super easy, even if you don’t have the Keynote app itself, which is also an affordable and very worthwhile $10 in the Mac App Store. Here are three ways to do just that.

QuickLook is the name Apple has given to the OS X feature that allows you to select a file on your Mac with a mouse click and then press the spacebar to see it quickly. Find a Keynote file on your Mac (search for any file with a name that contains “.key” in it), click on it once, then hit the spacebar. Not only will you be able to see the first slide, but you’ll also be able to click through all of the slides in the presentation in the thumbnail view down the left side.

Preview will also open a Keynote file. If you already have Preview open, drag the Keynote file on top of the Preview icon in the Dock, and it will open in the image viewing app from Apple. The other option here is to right click (or Control-click) on the file and choose Preview from the Open With contextual menu item.

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    Keynote is $20 in the Mac App Store.

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