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Windows 7: Disable preview in file open dialog.. how??

14 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 Retail
Disable preview in file open dialog.. how??

How do I disable the preview pane in a file open dialog (it seems to be the standard W7 open dialog with enabled preview)?

In Windows Explorer there are a button to turn it on/off, but not in a open dialog.
There doesn't seem to be any option to turn it off anywhere and Alt+P apparently doesn't.

I know it is possible as I found it by chance several months ago, but I've managed to to forget how.

I can't understand how they would add a preview pane without an obvious way to get rid of it (i.e same button as in explorer).

I've tried searching the forums, but I've only managed to find threads related to Windows Explorer, not the open dialog, and they seem to be different in behavior.

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14 May 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

When you refer to the open dialog are you talking about when you attempt to open a file that has no default program? If so, you can just set a default program to use, and clicking the open button or double clicking it will open the file in that program. You can still open the file in an alternative program by using the drop-down menu of the open button or using open with...

If you're talking about the open dialog from within a program such as Paint, you can close the preview pane via a button on the top right of the open dialog.

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15 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 Retail

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by notsograymatter View Post
If you're talking about the open dialog from within a program such as Paint, you can close the preview pane via a button on the top right of the open dialog.

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That's what I'm talking about.. However, it seems the guilty part might
be Nero Vision Xtra, and not W7 itself as I initially thought.

It doesn't have that button, and Alt+P doesn't work.. which is very annoying indeed.
Either it starts playing the inside the preview, or it just consumes space.

Both of which are not useful at all.

I've attached a snag of the dialog.

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