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Preview Pane - Turn On or Off

How to Turn the Preview Pane On or Off in Windows 7
Published by Brink
06 Feb 2010
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How to Turn the Preview Pane On or Off in Windows 7


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You can use the preview pane in Windows Explorer to see the contents of most files. If you select an e‑mail message, text file, picture, or video for example, you can see a preview of its contents without opening it in a program. The preview pane is turned off by default in Windows 7.

This will show you how to turn the Preview pane on or off in all Windows Explorer windows in Windows 7.
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When the Preview pane is turned on, you can drag it's left border line left and right to increase or decrease the size of the Preview pane.

EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Layout
NOTE: The preview pane is the far right pane in Windows Explorer.
Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-layout1.jpg

Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-layout2.jpg




OPTION ONE
To Turn "Preview Pane" On or Off in Windows Explorer
1. Open Windows Explorer (explorer.exe).

2. On the toolbar, click on Organize and Layout. (see screenshots below)
Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-pp_on.jpg

Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-pp_off.jpg

3. To Turn On the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Select (click) Preview pane to have it checked. (see screenshots above)

OR

B) Click on the Preview pane icon on the far right of the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-toolbar.jpg
4. To Turn Off the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Select (click) Preview pane to have it unchecked with the icon now showing. (see screenshots below step 2)

OR

B) Click on the Preview pane icon on the far right of the toolbar. (see screenshot below)
Preview Pane - Turn On or Off-toolbar2.jpg
5. All Windows Explorer windows will now open as you set this.



OPTION TWO
To Turn "Preview Pane" On or Off using a REG File Download
1. To Turn On the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Preview_Pane_On.reg

download
B) Go to step 3.
2. To Turn Off the Preview Pane in Windows Explorer
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Turn_Preview_Pane_Off.reg

download
3. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file, and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. Close and reopen any open Windows Explorer window to apply.

7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file on the desktop if you like.
That's it,
Shawn






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18 Mar 2010   #1
copernicus

7264x64/7260x86
 
 

Is there a hack to move the preview pane under the list of files?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Mar 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Copernicus,

Sorry, but no.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 May 2010   #3
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Great Post Shawn!!

Gerry
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 Jun 2010   #4
MoRbIdBoY

Windows 7
 
 

Nice post. Still think this should be saved / remembered as a "Per Folder" option in the registry.
(Along with your folder layout - as per XP - rather than the limited folder 5 or so document 'types' layout we are stuck with now in 7).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jun 2010   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello MoRbIdBoY,

Yeah, it would be nice to have this and the other panes settings on a per folder basis like the folder views.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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