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Windows 7: Preview Pane


18 Jan 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Preview Pane

One of the more useful features of both Vista and Windows 7 is the inline "Preview Pane" of Windows Explorer.

On little quirk I've discovered in Windows 7 is that when you resize a Windows Explorer window, the Preview Pane is resized also, in favour of the file lists. However, I like my preview pane a specifc size.

The follow method is one workaround I used with success:
  1. Click the "Hide Preview Pane" icon in the upper right corner (to the left of Help) of Windows Explorer
  2. Resize the Windows Explorer window to how you want it
  3. Click the "Show Preview Pane" icon in the upper right corner (to the left of Help) of Windows Explorer
Has anyone found a way (either via a UI Setting, or a Registry entry) to keep the Preview Pane a fixed size, so that the above workaround does not have to be used?

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18 Jan 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yeah, I'm not to crazy about that one myself. I usually end up just manually dragging the Preview Pane line over.
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05 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600
 
 

Guys about the preview panel, there's a little thing that im bother about, when i have my mp3's or avi files associated with another program and not windows media player, they cannot be played in the preview panel is there a workaround for this?
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05 Sep 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ruly,

Not that I am aware of. I have not seen it work with anything other than Windows Media Player.
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05 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1.7600
 
 

Thanks for the reply, well is not like i use it very much lol.
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05 Sep 2009   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ruly View Post
Guys about the preview panel, there's a little thing that im bother about, when i have my mp3's or avi files associated with another program and not windows media player, they cannot be played in the preview panel is there a workaround for this?
Are you talking about something like this (always open with)?


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06 Nov 2009   #7

win7
 
 

Another problem:
If a Windows Word 2007 .doc file is selected in Windows Explorer and is shown in the preview pane, then it cannot be deleted. The Word program is being used to show the preview, so the file is in use by another program (Word) and cannot be deleted.

Similarly, if a .doc file is being previewed, then Word will only open it in the read-only mode. Since it already is open with Word in the Preview Pane, opening it in Word is opening a second instance. Word will open multiple instances of a file, but only the first is read-write.

The solution is to turn off the Preview Pane.
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09 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro & Vista Home Premium
 
 

Jaysee is right. The .flv file will display the icon of the default application that opens it.The MP4 always gives a preview no matter what program it is associated with

For mp3 files to show a preview,Try this:

If the extension of the picture is ,jpeg, you would need to alter the registry script slightly:



Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpgfile\shell\Set as a Cover]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpgfile\shell\Set as a Cover\command]
@="cmd.exe /c rename \"%L\" folder.jpg"


In my case, when I navigate in Regedit to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, I find my Default association is ACDSEE.jpg.

Therefore I modified it for that


Quote:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ACDSee.JPG\shell\Set as a Cover]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ACDSee.JPG\shell\Set as a Cover\command]
@="cmd.exe /c rename \"%L\" folder.jpg"


If your association is with another graphic editor, just navigate to that key and look for the default value, and substitute that for jpgfile.
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