Windows 7: How to use the Preview pane

December 2016

Windows 7 sports a handy feature, when selecting a file you can see its contents without opening any application.
This function is valid for images, photos, videos, text documents (files related to Office etc. ...).
  • Upon activation the file explorer will be divided into two parts.
  • Open Explorer choose a folder, Pictures, Documents, Video etc and make a click on Organize.
  • In the menu click on layout and then click Preview Pane.

  • Just move your mouse over the images and they will appear in the explorer.
    • Note that: In the preview pane, the file is in read mode, it is not possible to make changes.

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