In Windows Explorer, how do I get the preview to work with PDF files?

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  1. dalchina's Avatar
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       #21

    Here are (I think all) the relevant registry keys to check- certain values will be different on your particular installation of course, so you need to consider that.
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    You might also consider resetting pdf to default then reassociating it:
    Restore Default File Type Associations in Windows 10

    This little tool (though old) may be helpful:
    PreviewConfig tool registers file types for the Preview Pane in Windows 7/Vista >> Winhelponline

    Note how it provides the GUID which could be useful in examining your registry:
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,822
    Windows 10
       #22

    Re-install Sumatra, expanding Hidden Options, make sure boxes are check marked...

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  3. Posts : 353
    Window 10
    Thread Starter
       #23

    Edwin said:
    Re-install Sumatra, expanding Hidden Options, make sure boxes are check marked...
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    Yay! Hallelujah....!

    That worked. Thank everyone for all your efforts!

    J
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  4. Posts : 1
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       #24

    Lance1 said:
    I tested these .reg files on my system and they work. give them I try if you like. The .reg files are in the zip for you to download. These are the contents of the Enable and Disable files.

    PHP Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf\shellex\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}]@="{DC6EFB56-9CFA-464D-8880-44885D7DC193}"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PreviewHandlers]"{DC6EFB56-9CFA-464D-8880-44885D7DC193}"="Adobe PDF Preview Handler for Vista" 
    PHP Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf\shellex\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PreviewHandlers]"{DC6EFB56-9CFA-464D-8880-44885D7DC193}"=- 
    Hi,
    Please change "Adobe PDF Preview Handler for Vista" to "Adobe PDF File" in the REG file. It should with Windows 10 64 Bit Explorer.
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