Everything 1.5a "Service" Feature & QuickLook v3.7.1

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Everything 1.5a "Service" Feature & QuickLook v3.7.1

Post by Jack66 » Mon Jan 10, 2022 2:20 pm

Yesterday I found the QuickLook program for Windows Explorer, and I love it. I was doing some research on it, and I found https://github.com/QL-Win/QuickLook/wiki/File-Managers in GitHub which says it is compatible with Everything "out of the box." We just need to run Everything in its Service Mode, so I did a quick Google search and found viewtopic.php?t=314 forum post.

So I followed it, making the changes it said, making sure to use the 1.5a differences instead of the vanilla program. It has us change the "Search Everything" shortcuts to the "Everything_SendCommandLine" program, and so I just placed that program in the same folder as Everything64.exe (in its own folder), and linked to the shortcut that way, which is how I assume we are supposed to do it. Everything was easy to set up, it all appeared to be correct. But I never could open Everything through the command line. So I looked more closely, and then realized that the instructions for the Everything "Service" I found, was over a decade old.

A couple of quick searches later, and I realized that not only is it a default option, but due to my external hard drives, it was already active, and has been active for as long as I've been using the alpha version of Everything (which I absolutely love this program btw), the alpha is a huge step up from vanilla, if only for the dark mode. And is one of my most favorite programs, which I use all the time. Yet, the QuickLook program has never worked for me in Everything since I installed it.

And so, leave it to me to write a huge ass post, just to ask, what could I be doing wrong? I don't have Everything as a startup program, I've never had it start in Admin mode, and all of the requirements from the post from over a decade ago were fulfilled. Most likely it has to do with me, and something I either did wrong or overlooked, but it would be nice to have QuickLook working with Everything. I've restarted my PC since I installed QuckLook, so I really don't know.

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Re: Everything 1.5a "Service" Feature & QuickLook v3.7.1

Post by horst.epp » Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:28 pm

QuickLook doesn't depend on any Everything version or service.
Its default hotkey is the space key which works fine as there is no such hotkey in Everything.
I used it some time but uninstalled it for several reasons:
1. Everything already makes use of Explorer preview functions.
2. My file managers (Total commander and XYplorer) integrated with Everything
have much better preview modules than QuickLook.

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Re: Everything 1.5a "Service" Feature & QuickLook v3.7.1

Post by NotNull » Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:22 pm

The alpha version of Everything 1.5 is build to run side-by-side with Everything 1.4.
For that to work, Everything runs in a named instance, which cause the components that make up the Everything window o your screen to be named differently as those contain the instance name (Class EVERYTHING_(1.5) instead of the regular class EVERYTHING).

That causes QuickLook to be unable to find the Everything window and do it's thing.

There are ways to change the way Everything 1.5 works - and make QuickLook work again too - but that requires removing Everything 1.4 from your system completely and some manual steps to reconfigure Everything 1.5.

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Re: Everything 1.5a "Service" Feature & QuickLook v3.7.1

Post by void » Tue Jan 11, 2022 9:05 am

If you would like to replace Everything 1.4 with the 1.5 alpha, please see:
Replacing my Everything 1.4 installation with the test version

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