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I have recently been missing my play button on Preview Icons for music on my desktop. Arrows still appear for PDFs. Play buttons still appear on another account on the same computer. I run a macbook Pro (2015) running Catalina.

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I am probably not understanding your question properly but is this what you might be after???:


Adding a play symbol to an image (video preview button)
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Add video play button to image
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Patrick,

The OP is talking about the following. With audio files, hover over it to get a Play icon and play it directly in Finder without opening it another application if the format is supported.
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For PDFs, you get this right and left arrow to scroll through it. Of course, in my case it's too small to read anything. :)
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The OP is talking about the following. With audio files, hover over it to get a Play icon and play it directly in Finder without opening it another application if the format is supported.

Thanks Ashwin,

What Mac OS version did that start in???

I obviously have no idea how the OP gets the arrow to display the way they want to.

Is there an option somewhere that needs to be enabled???





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Not sure what version it started with, but I think it's been there for a while, you just need to hover over the appropriate file type to get the right icons. I don't believe it is a setting you have to enable, "it just works". :)
 
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Not sure what version it started with, but I think it's been there for a while, you just need to hover over the appropriate file type to get the right icons. I don't believe it is a setting you have to enable, "it just works". :)

Son of a gun!!!

Darned if that arrow isn't showing up and works when I put my mouse pointer over an appropriate file, but it must be showing in icon view which I don't generally use.

I don't think I would have ever noticed, but it's sure is there, even in Mac OS 10.9.5 Mavericks. :Smirk:

Thanks Ashwin.




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Now I definitely question having this icon view since anything other than pure audio is hard to see. You can actually play videos in that form factor, more of a fun factor than usable. :)
 
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Now I definitely question having this icon view since anything other than pure audio is hard to see. You can actually play videos in that form factor, more of a fun factor than usable. :)

Yeah, more of a unique video feature rather than something actually usable or maybe it was for those users in Lilliput Land.

In case it helps the OP's query if I drag a file that shows the arrow when in icon view in a folder onto my Desktop, The play arrow will no longer show when the file is on my desktop.

Maybe it's a feature that only works for when in the folder icon view only???





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If you select a file in Finder, while in column view, you will also get the arrow/play buttons option.


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I have recently been missing my play button on Preview Icons for music on my desktop. Arrows still appear for PDFs. Play buttons still appear on another account on the same computer. I run a macbook Pro (2015) running Catalina.

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I'm assuming you've already tried rebooting?
 

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So far I have only found one situation where that button helps with video: If I have a video and it won't start playing th is way I check the file to see if it's corrupted. I have found QuickView (select icon tap spacebar) more useful than this though.
 
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So far I have only found one situation where that button helps with video: If I have a video and it won't start playing th is way I check the file to see if it's corrupted. I have found QuickView (select icon tap spacebar) more useful than this though.
I agree. Hitting space bar is easier/faster than a precise mouse-click on the play button.
 
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