Know where those URLs are going
This little Action Extension for 10.10+ will let you see a quick popup showing a preview of the destination for a URL in text you’re working on. It’s a great complement to SearchLink, as it helps verify that it inserted the result you were looking for without switching away from your editor.
Download and run the URLPreview application in the zip file. Once it runs, the Action will be installed.
You can go directly to System Preferences -> Extensions to enable the Preview URL Action:
Alternatively, just select some text and pull down the action menu from the action icon that appears at the bottom right of the selection when your mouse hovers over it. Select “More…” from the dropdown to go to the System Preferences panel and enable Preview URL.
Preview URL will scan the selected text for ‘http’ and ‘https’ links. If one is found it will open it in a popup. If no links are found, it won’t do anything. You can close the popup by hitting Escape.
Only the first URL in the selected text will be previewed. You need to have the full URL within the selection, but it’s OK if additional text is included; the URL will be extracted automatically.
Preview URL Action Extension v1.0
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