In Windows, preview pane is enabled by default. This means when you click on any file whose format supports previewing, you’ll see a preview of file content in preview pane. Usually, file formats such as .txt, .bat, .html, .reg etc. will support previewing. The preview of file content is displayed with the help of preview handlers. These preview handlers may be the default apps which are set specifically for a particular file format.
However, if you’ve realized that preview pane no longer works on your system, this article is for you. Try below mentioned fix and see if it helps you to resolve the issue.
FIX: Preview Pane Not Working In Windows 10/8/7
FIX 1 – Via Folder Options
1. Press + E to open File Explorer.
2. Under File Explorer ribbon, click View > Options > Change folder and search options.
3. In Folder Options window, switch to View tab. Under Advanced settings, check Show preview handlers in preview pane option to enable preview pane. Click Apply followed by OK.
This setting should be applied immediately. So you can check in File Explorer now, and you’ll find that preview pane is working.
If issue still persists, try FIX 2 mentioned below.
FIX 2 – Via Registry
Registry Disclaimer: Below mentioned steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.
1. Press + R and put
regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.
2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:
3. In the right pane of Advanced registry key, find the
ShowPreviewHandlers registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) which might be having its Value data set to 0. Double click on this DWORD to modify the Value data.
4. Finally, set the Value data to 1. Click OK, close Registry Editor and reboot.
After restarting your system, preview pane should be working fine.
Hope this helps!