How can I get .PDF files to preview in Windows Explorer & Outlook?

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  1. Posts : 352
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    How can I get .PDF files to preview in Windows Explorer & Outlook?


    Hello

    1. How do I get Window10's File Explorer to show a preview of PDF files in the right hand pane?
    It just says "No preview available", whereas previews are visible for all my other types of file (e.g. .JPG and .XLSX etc)

    2. Also in my Outlook ("for Microseoft 365 MSO (16.0.13801.20240) 32 bit" ) when I open an email that has PDFs attached to it, it just stays:
    "This file cannot be previewed because there is no preview installed for it"

    I have tried installing and re-installing Adobe Acrobat DC (64 bit).
    I then tried both SumatraPDF 64bit and SumatraPDF 32 bit.

    This is driving me nuts!

    J
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #2

    I have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed and no issue with seeing preview in File Explorer [renamed from the earlier Windows Explorer]. The .pdf extension is associated with AAR in Settings but the default was for Edge. Don't know about your Outlook, I'm still on Office 2013 and Office 2010.

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  3. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Hi, see what this tiny freeware program tells you:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/arc...ciation-editor
    How can I get .PDF files to preview in Windows Explorer & Outlook?-1.png

    Mine's working..

    Technical stuff:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...review-handler
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  4. Posts : 352
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    Berton said:
    I have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed and no issue with seeing preview in File Explorer [renamed from the earlier Windows Explorer]. The .pdf extension is associated with AAR in Settings but the default was for Edge. Don't know about your Outlook, I'm still on Office 2013 and Office 2010.
    Berton - To get clear, are you simply saying that you don't have the same problem?
    If so I'm not sure what that proves, or how it's supposed to help fix my problem.

    J
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  5. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,214
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #5

    And here's something on Adobe - see from
    Enable or Disable PDF “Preview” in File Explorer Preview pane

    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Preview for PDF Files - Winhelponline
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  6. Posts : 352
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    All I seem to have listed is "Adobe PDF Preview Handler for Vista"

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    J
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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    ship69 said:
    Berton - To get clear, are you simply saying that you don't have the same problem?
    If so I'm not sure what that proves, or how it's supposed to help fix my problem.

    J
    Just pointing out that File Association settings are involved in lots of things, Preview is one. Most program installations make the appropriate settings but if they don't work as desired it's then up to the user to make the outcome desired.
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  8. Posts : 352
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    Thread Starter
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    dalchina said:
    And here's something on Adobe - see from
    Enable or Disable PDF “Preview” in File Explorer Preview pane

    Enable or Disable Thumbnail Preview for PDF Files - Winhelponline
    Nice try, but makes no difference.
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  9. zebal's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2 (Build: 19042.867)
       #9

    Adobe reader -> Edit -> Preferences -> Enable PDF thumbnail preview in Windows explorer
    Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs in Windows Explorer
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  10. Posts : 352
    Window 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Berton said:
    Just pointing out that File Association settings are involved in lots of things, Preview is one. Most program installations make the appropriate settings but if they don't work as desired it's then up to the user to make the outcome desired.
    But how?

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    zebal said:
    Adobe reader -> Edit -> Preferences -> Enable PDF thumbnail preview in Windows explorer
    Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs in Windows Explorer
    Nice try, and yes it WAS unticked. However ticking it makes no difference.
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