Windows 10 file preview pane

The preview pane is something that I used frequently in Windows 7 so I definitely would not want to be without it! For someone like myself who has literally hundreds if not thousands of Word files, PDF’s, Excel files etc.etc. the ability to take a quick peek at the file contents ¬†is a “must.” Add into that equation that for some files you can simply highlight, copy, and paste straight from the preview pane and you get some idea of its usefulness.

The Windows 10 file preview pane is still there but in my installation was turned off by default. The good news is that it’s very simple and straightforward to turn it on.

All you have to do is:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click on “File Explorer.”
  3. By default the “File” tab is active so click on the “View” tab and the ribbon will open up.
  4. Click on the “Preview pane” option.

And you’re done!

You don’t have to be in “File Explorer” view to do this necessarily. Any folder view where the “View” tab is shown will work just as well. Of course, if you ever want to turn the Windows 10 file preview pane off again all you have to do is repeat the steps and uncheck¬† the “Preview pane” option.


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