Things I like in Vista – Preview Pane

21 10 2007


Many using Vista would not be aware of this feature as its not enabled by default in Vista’s Windows Explorer. This is one of the excellent features that once you use it, you may end up using it all the time πŸ˜€

So, what is this Preview Pane ? – Yes, you guessed it, its used to preview your contents πŸ˜‰

Lets see in action. First , to enable, open your windows explorer and on the top, select Organize and then Layout and choose Preview Pane


Once you select the above, you may see your explorer split into two parts and on the right hand side, you can now see something called Preview Pane

Now, let me select a picture and see what does the Preview Pane has for me πŸ˜‰


You can see the picture on your preview pane as a preview πŸ˜€

Hey, I have a powerpoint presentation, what about that ? – No worries πŸ™‚


You can preview all slides and navigate too πŸ˜€

Word document ?


Here too, you can preview all pages in the document

What about music ?


Movies ?


Hey, I think I forgot about PDF ! What about them ? πŸ˜€


For the PDF preview to work, you have to have Adobe Reader installed though

The preview works with most of the common file types and also if you have the default program installed for a file type, the preview pane will pick it up (mostly, but it works πŸ˜€ )

Overall, its really handy feature πŸ™‚




3 responses

29 08 2008
Sally Price

Ever since I got Word 2007 with Vista, over a year ago, my preview pane has refused to preview doc files. (The pane says “No preview available.” for doc files, though it works correctly for pictures.) Before that, the preview pane worked fine for doc files. How can I fix it?? Your reply will be most appreciated!

30 08 2008

It doesn’t work for me on Excel, Word, PowerPoint, JPG, GIF, or BMP files. About the only files I can preview are Text and PDF.

24 08 2009
Jason Saggers

Doesn’t work for me with .doc files and adobe pdf.
On my laptop which has foxit pdf reader installed it shows pdf items perfectly.
Any ideas?

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