How to Enable Preview Pane in File Explorer Windows 10

how to enable preview pane of file explorer windows 10

How to Enable File Explorer Preview Pane in Windows 10.| File Explorer shows files in multiple layouts; details, tiles, content and various sizes of icons. When you select one of the icon size layouts, for example large icon or extra large icon, the thumbnail of the file basically gives you a preview of the file.

This preview is reserved for common image files such as PNG and JPG. For other file types, a similar preview thumbnail is not displayed. If you want to preview other file types in File Explorer, you can enable preview pane.

To enable the preview pane in Windows 10’s File Explorer, follow the steps below:

1. open File Explorer.
2. open View tab on the ribbon menu.
3. On the left, you will see a button named Preview Pane. Click it.
4. the preview pane will appear in right side in File Explorer.
5. Select file and a preview of the file will appear in the preview pane.

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The preview pane in File Explorer supports more than just image files. You can, for example, select a text file, or a Word document and get a preview for it but it still doesn’t have universal support. You will not get previews for many file types, including video files.

You can enable the preview pane in File Explorer with the keyboard shortcut Alt + P.

Alternative Preview Pane

If you want a quick method to view details about a file, but you know it’s not supported by the preview pane, you can try using a free app called QuickLook.

QuickLook mimics the quick preview feature of macOS. On macOS, users can select a file and tap the spacebar to get a preview of the file.

Follow the steps below to use QuickLook:

1. Install app QuickLook from the Microsoft Store.
2. Once installed, open File Explorer and navigate to the folder which has the file you want to preview.
3. Select file and tap spacebar.
4. A new window will appear, and it will show a preview of the selected file.

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QuickLook supports more formats than the preview pane, including video files. It’s also much more efficient. Preview Pane is a feature of Windows 10 but when you use it in a folder which has many files for example, many image files, it takes a few seconds to show the preview. But QuickLook is much faster to show previews than preview panes. This app also lets you quickly open files in default apps.

That’s how to activate the preview pane in File Explorer Windows 10. Hopefully this article is useful for you, thank you for visiting. Don’t forget to share it with your friends too.