How to Disable or Enable Preview Pane in Windows



How to Disable or Enable Preview Pane in Windows

In File Explorer, you can enable a Preview pane that is shown on the right side of the window. Your Windows 10 PC is probably home to Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, images, videos, audios, and more. This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the preview pane in File Explorer for your user account in Windows 10

To enable the Preview pane, open File Explorer and follow these steps:

It is pretty easy to view the preview of Word, notepad, excel files. In fact, not just Word, notepad, excel files you can see the preview of PDF’s, PowerPoint Templates, images or even video clips. All you need to do is enable the preview pane in the File Explorer.

Method 1 : To Show or Hide Preview Pane from File Explorer Ribbon

1- Click on the View tab and then select Preview pane.

To Show or Hide Preview Pane from File Explorer Ribbon

2- Click on a file you wish to view, such as a Word document, Notepad, Excel sheet, PowerPoint presentation, PDF, or image.

3- The file appears in the preview pane.

Enable Preview Pane in Windows

Increase or decrease the size or width of the file by dragging the separation bar left or right.

Method 2: To Show or Hide Preview Pane using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While in File Explorer, press the Alt+P keys to toggle to show and hide the preview pane.

windows Hide Preview Pane

Method 3:  Download and Run a .reg File

To Show Preview Pane in File Explorer

1- Just download the Preview_pane.zip file (at the end of the page).

2- open it, and double-click the preview-show-hide.reg file it contains. Confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

3- “Are you sure you want to continue ” Click Yes to continue.

To Show Preview Pane in File Explorer

4- Registration entries are successfully added to Registry. Click OK.

 Show Preview Pane in File Explorer

5- If you currently have File Explorer open, then close and reopen or navigate to another folder to apply.

To Hide Preview Pane in File Explorer

1- Just download the Preview_pane.zip file (at the end of the page).

2- open it, and double-click the preview-pane-hide.reg file it contains. Confirm the User Account Control dialog if prompted.

3- “Are you sure you want to continue ” Click Yes to continue.

4- Registration entries are successfully added to Registry. Click OK.

5- If you currently have File Explorer open, then close and reopen or navigate to another folder to apply.

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