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Windows 7: Modifications to Preview Pane


31 Jan 2011   #1

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Modifications to Preview Pane

Modifications to Preview Pane of windows 7. Modifications to Preview Pane by *ZEUSosX on deviantART


1. Deleting 'Select a file to Preview' and 'no preview available' text.

2. Always appearing any folder's preview Icon to Preview Pane.

Modifications made by Pavlos Pitselas = ZEUSosX.


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1. Deleting 'Select a file to Preview' and 'no preview available' text.
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Before anything : go to Control pane [view by category] -->so Go to Control Panel\User Accounts and Family Safety\User Accounts and press the folder 'Change User Account Control Settings' set the slider to the next window Never Notify. restart.

1. We'll have to edit "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file. So first take ownership of this file using following tutorial:

Add Take Ownership Option in File / Folder Context Menu in Windows 7 [ example of taking ownership to a random system file
TechSmith | Screencast.com, online video sharing, 2010-02-27_0023

Copy your Shell32.dll to your desktop.

2. Now open the file in Resource Hacker.

3. Goto "View -> Find Text" (or press Ctrl + F). It'll open Find box.

4. Now type following String in textbox:

<PreviewThumbnail ModuleID="ReadingPaneThumbnailModule" HideProperty="PreviewHandlerRunning" Vertical="true" layoutpos="client" background="ARGB(0, 0, 0, 0)"/>

5. Click on "Find Next" button and it'll show the line containing this text. It should be in UIFILE section.
it will appear to this locations of UIFILE 3, 4, 5, 6, 20, 21

6. Replace it to each position with those 2 code lines :

<PreviewThumbnail AlwaysGetIconFromView="true" ModuleID="ReadingPaneThumbnailModule" HideProperty="PreviewHandlerRunning" Vertical="false" layoutpos="client" background="ARGB(0, 0, 0, 0)"/>
<Element id="atom(RPaneCoverSheet_NoSel)" layout="verticalflowlayout(0, 2, 2, 0)"/>

7. Every time you replace click on "Compile Script" button.
press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text.

8. Go again to "View -> Find Text" (or press Ctrl + F). It'll open Find box.
Now type following String in textbox:

<PreviewThumbnail ModuleID="ReadingPaneThumbnailModule" HideProperty="PreviewHandlerRunning" Vertical="true" layoutpos="client"/>

it will appear to this locations of UIFILE 19 , 27

9. Replace it to each position with those replace it with those 2 code lines :

<PreviewThumbnail AlwaysGetIconFromView="true" ModuleID="ReadingPaneThumbnailModule" HideProperty="PreviewHandlerRunning" Vertical="false" layoutpos="client"/>
<Element id="atom(RPaneCoverSheet_NoSel)" layout="verticalflowlayout(0, 2, 2, 0)"/>

10. Every time you replace click on "Compile Script" button.
press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text.

11. Save your file.

12. Rename original "Shell32.dll" file present in "System32" folder to "shell32_backup.dll".

13. Now copy your new modified "shell32.dll" file to "System32" folder.

14. Restart your system and after restart Windows will start using your new modified file. thats it.

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2. Always appearing any folder's preview Icon to Preview Pane.
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so, after the first modification , if we want to have the appearance of the ico of a folder or the appearance of the icons of a group of selected lfolders , we have to modify more the shell32.dll as:

1. Copy your Shell32.dll to your desktop.

2. Now open the file in Resource Hacker.

3. Goto "View -> Find Text" (or press Ctrl + F). It'll open Find box.

4. Now type following String in textbox:

<TemplateBackground id="atom(ReadingPane)" layout="filllayout()" layoutpos="right">

5. Click on "Find Next" button and it'll show the line containing this text. It should be in UIFILE section.
it will appear to this locations of UIFILE 3, 4, 5, 6, 19, 20, 21, 27

6. Replace it to each position with those replace it with :

<TemplateBackground id="atom(ReadingPane)" layout="filllayout()" layoutpos="right" background="ARGB(0, 0, 0, 0)">

7. Every time you replace click on "Compile Script" button.
press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text.

8. Every time you replace click on "Compile Script" button.
press "F3" key and it'll show the next line containing the same text.
Save your file. Now save the file.

9. Rename original "Shell32.dll" file present in "System32" folder to "shell32_backup1.dll".

10. Now copy your new modified "shell32.dll" file to "System32" folder.

11. Restart your system and after restart Windows will start using your new modified file. thats it.

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After all go to Control Panel\User Accounts and Family Safety\User Accounts and press the folder 'Change User Account Control Settings' set the slider to the next window to Default or to whatever u like, then restart.

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Small possible bugs:
[BUT THOSE TO DETAILS PANE NOT TO PREVIEW PANE!!!!!]: After doing those modifications, when we strech the details pane to bigger size, sometimes its icons don't resize to bigger size.

solution: if we close Preview Pane [via Alt+p] this solved. if we open again Preview Pane [via Alt+p] no problem.

conclusion: somehow the code in preview pane seems to affect somehow to Details pane, unless if that has something with the memory resourses of the preview image that windows use or to a DisablingPolicy / ExplorerVisibility reason.

but this kind of bug does not make any problem of functionality.

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I have included an already modified 32 bit sp1 microsoft shell32.dll to this pack for any user uses 32bit version of Windows 7. download from my Modifications to Preview Pane by *ZEUSosX on deviantART

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