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Cannot preview contact details in Preview Pane

Q: Cannot preview contact details in Preview Pane

Having decided to use Vista's Mail/Contacts/Calendar, I was quite excited to see that when I hovered the mouse over the Extra Large Icon of a contact, all of his details appeared in the right hand side preview panel ...... for a moment!

Now that capability has disappeared altogether!

I have checked under Organize x Layout that the Preview Panel is checked but it remains blank all the time!

What have I (it) done to remove this handy feature?
........... but there's more ................. the contact's name comes up say michael smith.contact but I only want Michael Smith to show (not the word "contact").
When I try to rename it to a straight Michael Smith, Vista gets all upset and starts tellimg me that it probably won't work anymore if I persist!!

There's gotta be a way to rename these contacts!

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A long story short is that my cat ran over my keyboard and now all my folders have a preview/details pane I can't get rid of. I read it could be removed by going to Folder Options, General, Use Classic View. Well guess what, there is no classic view! I included two screenshots to show my problem.

Lack of Classic option

A:Preview/details pane won't go away!

Alt + p

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We have enable the preview pane for Windows Explorer within the Local Group Policy Editor, however no preview pane is showing in Windows Explorer. What other setting do we need to look for?

A:Enable preview pane for Windows Explorer, but no preview pane showing


I found several users who had the similar issue as yours, they gave the advices may help you, please refer to the link:

Windows 7 Preview Pane not working:

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I was wondering if you know if there is a way to improve Vista's Video Preview on the Details Pane.

The problem I see is that Vista shows the very 1st second of video, while Windows 7 shows the 4th. That's why many of the video previews on the details pane show a black screen on vista instead of actual video.

If anyone else has the answer, I will be really grateful.

A:Vista vs Windows 7 - Video Preview on Details Pane

I guess you could edit that through the registry, but believe me, lol, to be honest Idk...

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On one of my foldes where I have photos and videos, I have the preview pane enabled, but it only shows the icon for the type of file. It used to show a preview of what the file was. It does not open the file and show it in preview. I used to be able to see videos play in the preview and also the actual photo. Now I just get icons.

Would you know how I can return the behavior of the preview pane to actually show a preview?


A:Solved: Folders Preview Pane - Only Shows Icons, No Preview

Anyone have any ideas on this?? Thanks.

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When I try to preview certain Outlook files in Explorer Preview Pane I get the message 'No Preview Available.'
I have multiple mailboxes open and the preview pane works fine for messages sent to the primary mailbox, but not for the additional mailboxes. I have made sure all the mailboxes are in cached mode, I have made sure they are all indexed. I have tested on a clean image, setup all the needed mailboxes, and found that Preview Pane works fine for any message from any mailbox. I have tried running the Office Repair Tool on the affected machine with no luck. Does anyone have any ideas short of re-imaging the affected computer?

A:'No Preview Available' in preview pane when previewing Outlook files

Bump. Still need an answer if anyone has one.

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Hi. so i have vista bizness. works fine most of time.
this is my siutation. For example. I have a folder say on my desktop... I open it and hilight a file, say a pdf, in the preview pane on the right hand side, the cover or first page shows up... yeah. now i try that again with another folder same from an external hard drive (seagate) and.. nada nothing at all, and then sometimes it wil show up on the bottom in the details pane but thats so small cant read anything. Ive been into the properties, tried this that, rebooting... nada.. help please?

A:cant preview jpegs or pdf on right side preview pane?

Each window you open (regardless of which drive) has it's own layout settings.
When there's no preview-pane visible, in the toolbar click Organise >> Layout >> Preview Pane

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I've screwed something up in my Windows 7, 64 Bit Version, and hope someone here can help me.

Previously I could preview .ttf Font files in the Preview Pane of Windows Explorer just by clicking on them. I could also see what the font would look like on the actual Font Icon.

However I discovered I COULD NOT view an .otf Font file so I decided to look around and find out how to get the .otf files to also preview, this is when I got into trouble.

I changed both of the file associations (.ttf and .otf) to be viewed by the Windows Font Viewer and now I can't preview any fonts. I get a generic message that they are not valid font files but they are.

Also now all the Font Icons are a blue "A" with a little magnifying glass on it instead of the previous one that looked like the actual font.

I tried reversing what I did but even though Windows 7 is still showing Font Expert as a suggested program to use, it won't let me check the little box to ALWAYS use that program.

I don't know if the previous Font Icons in Windows Explorer were due to Font Expert or if that was just something Windows Explorer showed.

I'd love to have my PREVIEW PANE back in the font display as it showed what the font would look like larger.

If someone can help me I'd be most appreciative.

Thanks so much.


A:Fonts will NO LONGER preview in Preview Pane

Sorry I can't actually help you with the problem that you currently have as I use a "Font Manager" called "Bitstream" (comes with CorelDraw).
I don't think this is freely available but maybe one of these free font managers might help until your problem could be resolved.


Free and easy fonts viewer

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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.

A:Explorer Preview Pane not showing preview

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,

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I have an issue with Windows Explorer and the Preview Pane.  When I enable the preveiw pane and try to preview a Word Document it crashes Word even when Word is not open, this is only happening to Word documents all other types of documents can display
the preview.  This is happening on Windows 7 x64 systems, we have numerous systems displaying the same issue and all our systems are connected to a domain.  Anyone have a solution? 

I have tried the SFC /Scannow, booting to SafeMode, disabling Startup items and Services and it still happens everytime I try to preview a Word document.


A:Windows Explorer preview pane feature is crashing Word when trying to preview Word documents.

Does this issue happen when you open all the document or just Word? You can try the following suggestion:

Close any open word documents On the keyboard, press the Windows (Flag) button and 'R'
Enter in winword /a Press 'OK'
However if the issue only happen when you open the Word, the better platform you can post should be

Windows word support forum.Your Name
TechNet Community Support

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I had to manually find all related files to OE6 to delete it so it would reinstall. Then the updates. Now nothing shows up on the preview pane or when I open the email. I can use Outlook instead but what is wrong? The only view of the message is in properties: details: message source.

A:Solved: OE has empty preview pane, open pane

1. With Outlook Express closed, go to Start>Run
2. Type in: regsvr32 inetcomm.dll (with the space after "regsvr32")
3. Click OK (or press the Enter key)
4. Open OE and see if things are fixed

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When I open an instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane show little or nothing (no drives, folders, etc.). Also the preview pane does not show a preview for any selected files (See Capture1.JPG).
If I open a second (or higher) instance of windows explorer, the navigation pane functions properly (the preview still does not show) (See Capture2.JPG).
I have previews set to show (See Capture3.JPG).
Also occasionally, the file icons will be blank instead of showing the file type specific icon. When this happens, the address bar also seems to take a long time to load. The load bar will stop before reaching the end and won't finish (See Capture4.JPG).

Does anyone know what is going on or how to fix this?

FYI I am running 64 bit Windows 7 Pro.

A:Windows Explorer: Navigation Pane and Preview Pane Bug

Try Explorer++ and see if you get the same problem.

Need to enable "Folders" view.
If it works then you can rule out problems with system files and it's probably a buggy shell extension.


It's portable and runs without installation.

Let us know if navigation pane works using Explorer++

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Hello Friends,
When I selecting one image file in explorer, I am unable to see the preview in Preview Pane.
I am able to see only the icon in preview pane.

A:Preview Pane

Here's a solution for Vista, I don't know if it still applies

This involves registry editing, please backup your registry before attempting anything.
Make Windows Vista Explorer Preview Pane Work for More File Types - How-To Geek

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Hello SF.
I was wondering how do you get the preview panel at top like in the screenshot below? I'm almost sure i found it here on the forums a few days ago, but i cant find it again now

Thanks on advance

A:Preview pane on top

It is Switch Between Windows - see this tutorial here: Switch Between Windows - Flip 3D Shortcut

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I can't see preview of txt, pdf, microsoft files, etc.

Only can see images and movies.

How can I fix this ? I have tried through options...

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One of the more useful features of both Vista and Windows 7 is the inline "Preview Pane" of Windows Explorer.

On little quirk I've discovered in Windows 7 is that when you resize a Windows Explorer window, the Preview Pane is resized also, in favour of the file lists. However, I like my preview pane a specifc size.

The follow method is one workaround I used with success:Click the "Hide Preview Pane" icon in the upper right corner (to the left of Help) of Windows Explorer
Resize the Windows Explorer window to how you want it
Click the "Show Preview Pane" icon in the upper right corner (to the left of Help) of Windows Explorer
Has anyone found a way (either via a UI Setting, or a Registry entry) to keep the Preview Pane a fixed size, so that the above workaround does not have to be used?

A:Preview Pane

Yeah, I'm not to crazy about that one myself. I usually end up just manually dragging the Preview Pane line over.

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How do I get rid of the Preview Pane (I think that's what i's called) on the bottom half of my email message screen................... (It shows the message even before I open the email).

A:Preview Pane

The method was the same since Outlook. I have WLM 2011 and the method is now changed.
I had to get a link to see how it was done in the older editions. If you have 2011, it is basically the same, with slight variations
How to Disable the Preview Pane in Windows Mail or Outlook Express - About Email

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I am unable to open Web Links in the preview pane of Outlook 7.
The alert message I recieve is: "The operation can not be completed do to restrictions in
effect on this computer. Please contact your system Administrator."
I am running Norton 360.

A:Preview Pane

Hi sbetechsupport

See if the suggestions at this link help:

There is a Users Solutions section that may apply, to your setup.
Let us know if that helps or not.

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I get the message "the file cant be previewed" in the preview pane when i highlight pdfs

It works for other file types just not pdf

what is the solution ???

A:PDF not working in Preview Pane

Hello badboi and welcome to the Forum. Does your computer have a separate PDF reader installed? It's my understanding that Windows 7 does not natively support pdf files. A few free sources:

Adobe - Adobe Reader download - All versions (fairly bloated)

Foxit Software - Foxit Reader for Windows (tries to install toolbars, etc read install instructions carefully)

Nitro PDF Reader (my free reader of choice)

There are other free readers available so I'd suggest installing one, see if your preview issues are solved, then play around with a few until you find your reader of choice.

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I can't preview allmost any file, except images and movies.

How can I recover the preview pane views ?

Best Regards

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Good day to all.I have windows 7 home premium.Question is regarding the preview pane in windows explorer.
Is it possible that I can have the preview pane only in my picture,As when I select the icon top right in windows explorer to get the preview pane showing,Then when I go to my documents or my music the preview pane is also open there.
I was hoping that I could only get it to set on my pictures only,Is it possible ??

Many Thanks.

A:Preview pane in my pictures

Hello David,

I'm afraid that the preview pane is a global setting when turned on or off.

Preview Pane - Turn On or Off

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why win7 explorer doesnt remember the size of the preview pane?

and i always have to resize it by dragging it to the correct point


A:preview pane size

always my problem too. I don't understand why it doesn't remember the size.

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I disabled preview pane from VIEW (IE 5.5 SP2,OE 5,WinME) for more security but it gets reenabled spontaneously .
I know well that you can get a virus like KLEZ this way.
Does anybody knows a solution for this?
Is there better and safer e-mail clients that you use?
I would like to see some suggestions!


A:OE Preview Pane problem

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I can't preview allmost any file, except images and movies.

How can I recover the preview pane views ?

Best Regards

A:repair or fix preview pane

In Windows (File) Explorer, click Organize / Folder and Search options / View Tab.
Remove the Check Mark from the Always show Icons never Thumbnails option.
Click Apply / OK.

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How do I get pictures to show on the preview pane side of Explorer?
If I set windows explorer to show the preview pane it only shows the character of the red cat that is the symbol of the irfan view program that I use for my photos. If the file is a .jpg, a .png, a .bmp or any other photo file it fails to show the picture on the preview pane.
Is there a switch somewhere to turn on that will show the picture?
In fact if I click on 'extra large icons' for the left side I only get the cat and not the picture?

A:using the preview pane of explorer

found it, in setup It says 'always show icons, never thumbnails. if I change that to show thumbnails it gives me the photos

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I just discovered you can hit ALT + P to show a preview pane. What useful things do you guys get out of this function?

I noticed it shows album art for some mp3. Does anyone know where it is getting this picture from?

One kind of neat thing it does is show off how detailed icons are. Noone ever really gets to see that level of detail on them, so now the artists work can be seen more.

I remember when icons were barely more than colored dots, like 16X16 or something.

A:Preview Pane questions

Quote: Originally Posted by joe7dust

I just discovered you can hit ALT + P to show a preview pane. What useful things do you guys get out of this function?

That's a new one for me too! Is usually keep the preview pane on permanently, but do occasionally turn it off when I use Screen Snap on two explorer windows.

Quote: Originally Posted by joe7dust

I noticed it shows album art for some mp3. Does anyone know where it is getting this picture from?

The mp3 album art displayed in the preview pane is embedded in the mp3 file itself, inside the ID3v2 tag.

You can read the tutorial I wrote on how to do this yourself: Windows Media Player Library Album Art

Quote: Originally Posted by joe7dust

One kind of neat thing it does is show off how detailed icons are. Noone ever really gets to see that level of detail on them, so now the artists work can be seen more.

I remember when icons were barely more than colored dots, like 16X16 or something.

16x16 icon bring back some memories from my days with Windows 3.1, when icons where only 16x16 and 32x32 in either 2 or 16 color modes...

If I remember correctly, starting from Vista, can include a 256x256 PNG image also.

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Does anyone know how to get rid of the preview pane when doing a search on IE? I know to uncheck the little box at the bottom, but it seems to recheck evertime I do a new search. I'm finding it really annoying, because it changes the current page that I'm viewing. Anyone know of a way to just get rid of it all together?


A:IE Search Preview Pane


Moved you to web and Email forum, as you may get more replies there.

Which version of IE are you using? Also, have you tried a repair:

Control panel | AddRemove. Doubleclick Microsoft Internet Explorer. Choose repair, apply and restart.



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I'm running Windows 7 (64bit) home premium and Office 2000. When I move my cursor over Excel in the task bar, the preview panes for open Excel files only have the Excel logo in them, why is this? Do I need to set something so that I can see the actual spreadsheet?

I don't have this problem with the Word files, I get previews of the actual files.


A:Nothing in Excel preview pane

I wonder if it's a quirk of Office 2000? I am running Windows 7 x64 and Office 2007 - the Excel previews appear as expected. Sorry I can't help more than that.

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After installing XP home Open up a folder of songs & noticed that the player preview pane for audio trks and video clips is not there. I use single click option and on my W2K pro pc I just hover pointer over the file and the preview player pops up in the left pane.
Any ideas?

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I have looked everywhere. I just upgraded from Windows 7. I use Explorer ++ but it has limitations.
I have no use for a Preview Pane.


A:Can you get rid of the Preview Pane in Windows 10?

I don't know what explorer ++ is, but here is how to turn off the preview pane: Preview Pane - Show or Hide in Windows 8 File Explorer

Disable 'permanently': Preview Pane - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

(Works w/ Win10)

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1.Is there is some guide here with some program(not having to manually add registry keys)that will allow me to display more files in the preview pane

2.Before I download it and mess my registry,does anyone know if this works on Win7(it says for Vista)
Make Windows Vista Explorer Preview Pane Work for More File Types

3.Is there is a way to autoplay audio\video files...this is one of the most annoying things about the preview pane(first select,then move the mouse to click on the play button)

4.Is there is a way to display animated gifs there,not just the first frame

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setting up the preview pane

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When I look at emails I have saved in my folders, although I can see the text in the body of the email in the preview pane, I cannot see either the name or type attachments that accompany the email. This is quite frustrating when looking for a specific document sent to me but not sure to which email it was attached. Anythoughts?

A:Attachments in preview pane

Hi, could you clarify how you are viewing your email.. a screenshot would help. Thanks!

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Does having your outlook preview pane actually open a message, releasing a virus? Can a virus be part of a message without an attachment?

Or, are viruses generally part of attachments, therefore, only released on your system when the attachement is opened?

Thanks --


A:Outlook Preview Pane

yes , yes , and no .

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Searched the boards and can't find an answer for this problem. I am running Windows 7 Ultimate and I use Windows Live Mail as my default mail client. Every time WLM loads it "forgets" that I tuned off the Preview Pane. The Preview Pane has become a major [email protected]!%#[email protected]^%#........ Any idea how to prevent the Preview Pain from coming back?

A:WLM Preview Pane is a PAIN!

If you're sure you saved the selection properly, you could try a "repair" of "Windows Live Essentials" using "Programs and Features" "uninstall/change" option. You can also update to the latest version of Essentials by re-running the installer you originally downloaded.

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Preview pane keeps turning itself back on after being turned off. Has anyone had this happen?

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With all of the virus floating around, I have my preview pane disabled so I do not accidentally initiate a virus with it. Too bad not everyone I work with shares my opinion. I need to find a way to REMOVE the preview pane AND Autopreview from the View menu. Does anyone know of a registry edit or an add-in I can use to take it off of Outlook! Thanks in advance!

A:Outlook 2000 preview pane

How are your users accessing the application (local or via a server)? What operating system are they using?


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I was wondering if it's possible to change the background of the Preview Pane to glass so you can see through it and if so then how would you do it?

A:Possible to glass the Preview Pane background?

With Windows Blinds, yes. But only with the full paid version

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I'm using pop/smtp email with Outlook XP. I also use the preview pane to view emails. It seems like it takes about 5-10 for the message to show up in the pane.

In Outlook 2000 it was almost instant.

I thought that because I have big inbox, outbox, deleted items, etc it might be why it's taking so long, but even on new machines with barely anything in there, it takes a long time.

Any ideas why?

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Windows XP. Outlook 2002. Preview Pane is missing from the View tab in the new folders that I created.

I had a personal folder(.pst) created a while ago and I used to be able to view the messages for that folder in the Preview Pane window. The folder got too big and I had to chop it to smaller folders. In doing so, The top folders that I created do not have Preview Pane show up in View tab. But, when I moved the existing sub-folders under the new folders or create sub-folders under the new folders, these sub-folders have Preview Pane.

The BAD solution was to create a TEMP sub-folder under each high level folder and forward all the message to it, but I would rather send all my message to the top folders.

Thanks in advance,

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Hi. I had set my folders with the preview pane on. All of a sudden, it seems like it turned off by itself. Now some folders have the preview pane but a lot don't. What happened? How do I turn it on again for all folders without having to click on each folder and turning it on one by one? Help!

A:Outlook 2000 Preview Pane

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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 it possible to get the preview pane to show a preview of an eml file?

In searching the web I ran across reference to an old app named PreviewConfig that I believe was written for Vista, but apparently it does not work in Win 8, although I have not tried it-- kind of fear messing something up.

I have noticed that if I simply manually edit an eml file's extension from eml to mht-- it will be displayed in the preview pane.

I have hundreds if not thousands of eml files saved to disk. I really don't want to change all of them to mht because that eliminates email functionality of the file. Meaning, I would not be able to double-click the file, open it and respond to or forward it as an email message.

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

A:Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane

just a thought ,why not do a bit of a split screen with windows explorer and your .eml default email program . might take a little longer to preview each email ,,i use it like this with windows live mail to view my saved emails. like in the attachment , if need it just install windows live mail ,and set it to default for .eml files

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I hate why questions.

Windows 2000 Pro SP4
Office 2000, SP3
THEN, Outlook 2000 setup in Corporate mode

When I open a folder, or create a new folder or sub-folder, the preview pane appears. I have turned the PP off, from the menu bar.

I have changed the quick launch toolbar, adding the " /Nopreview" switch.

1. How do I add the switch to the desktop icon's Outlook icon?

2. How do I add the switch to the start menu's Outlook icon?

3. WHY is this happening? As best I can remember, it did not happen prior to Sept 2005. Sept 2005, I had to R & R. After the R & R, I encountered the PP issue.

Thanks for your help.


A:Outlook 2000 & Preview Pane again

I found this, which solved the preview pane function, from the desktop icon.

1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate the following registry key:
4. In the right pane, right-click Default, and then click Modify.
5. Type the path for your Outlook.exe file with the /nopreview switch in the Edit String dialog box, and then click OK.

For example, type"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE\Outlook.exe"/nopreview in the Edit String dialog box.
6. On the Registry menu, click Exit.
7. Restart Outlook 2000.

But the from the start menu, when I open Outlook 2000, the preview pane is still available and is on when I create a new folder or sub folder.


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Is there a way to put the preview pane on the side, as opposed to the bottom like you can in Outlook Express 5?

"There are no stupid questions, just stupid people." -- Mr. Garrison on South Park

A:Preview Pane in Outlook 2000

Looks like the only options for the Preview Pane are On or Off.

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The preview pane (in Explorer) used to work fine. Now it does not - it only shows an icon for picture files (jpg / tif / gif /png etc.) I have not done anything intentionally to change the behaviour - one minute it worked, the next it didn't. It still works OK for wmv. I searched the forums and found reference to a utility called previewconfig, but that does not fix the problem for me. I cannot find any settings in Win7 to change this either.

A:Preview Pane only shows icons

Hello Sackbut, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In Default Programs, double check to make sure that you have Windows Photo Viewer set as the default program with all of it's associations set to it as well.

Hope this helps,

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Hi. Is it possible to place preview pane (only preview window not details) under navigation menu?

It's default in XP.

A:Preview pane under navigation menu

In Win 7 the preview pane shows whatever option you choose in View albeit Details, List, Tiles etc. This is considered an improvement over XP where you only get the preview you are looking for in Tile mode. There are lots of changes like this in Win 7 compared to XP but generally they are an improvement. It would be nigh impossible to incorporate all the things we liked about XP into Win7. There was a lot of good things in 95 and 98, not to mention Windows 3.1

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