Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 pro

    Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview


    I went from XP to W8 Pro. With XP, a pictures folder allowed the icons to represent a small version of the picture; the filmstrip option was a nice bonus.

    With W8, the icon, no matter what size, has a generic look to it--same for all the pictures. I enable Preview Pane, and the same thing happens. No preview of the picture on the preview pane, just a much larger generic icon.

    I see screen views on the web of it actually working, but I can't get it to. I am tired of looking.

    Please help.
    Last edited by romeroom; 13 Feb 2013 at 16:01.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 19,877
    64-bit Windows 10 buld 10074


    Hello romeroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you may have thumbnail previews turned off. You could use the tutorial below to enable thumbnail previews to fix this.

    Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Support Forums


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 pro

    SOLVED: Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello romeroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you may have thumbnail previews turned off. You could use the tutorial below to enable thumbnail previews to fix this.

    Thumbnail Previews - Enable or Disable - Windows 7 Support Forums


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thank You!! That did the trick. Like many things, I'm puzzled as to why Microsoft would not enable thumbnails as default. Boggles my mind.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. #4


    Posts : 19,877
    64-bit Windows 10 buld 10074


    You're most welcome.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Preview Pane not showing full picture
Most of my pictures do not show up fully in the preview pane. Sometimes they show up completely, but usually they only load a sliver of the picture and the rest of the preview is a solid color. See the picture for examples. Format and size don't seem to have any effect on the issue, sometimes 36mp...
General Support
Unable to get preview pane to show previews of anything
Hello. Yup. I'm new to Windows 8. I simply cannot get the preview pane to show previews of my folders. I have read and re-read all and any information pertaining to this problem and have tried all the advice given regarding clicking on preview pane, going to view, options, changing...
General Support
Preview Pane - Hide or Show Preview Handlers in Windows
How to Hide or Show Preview Handlers in Preview Pane in Windows The preview pane can be used to see the contents of a file, such as an Office document, without opening it in an app. Preview handlers show the content of files (ex: text files) in the preview pane. Turning off preview handlers...
Tutorials
Preview Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer
How to Show or Hide Preview Pane in File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1 The preview pane can be used to see the contents of a file, such as an Office document, without opening it in an app. This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the preview pane in File Explorer for your user...
Tutorials
Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane
Hello, I've searched quite a lot on this subject but have not been able to find a solution. In Win 8 Windows Explorer, the preview pane seems to be able to display previews of all file types I really use except the type I use most-- eml email files. Is...
General Support
Preview Pane - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
How to Enable or Disable Preview Pane in File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1 You can use the preview pane in File Explorer to see the contents of most files. If you select an e‑mail message, text file, picture, or video for example, you can see a preview of its contents without opening it in a...
Tutorials

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook