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How to Add Preview pane to Context Menu in Windows 10

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The preview pane shows you see the contents of a file, such as image or text files, without having to open it with an app.

By default, you can click/tap on Preview pane from the View tab in the ribbon of File Explorer to quickly toggle to show or hide the preview pane in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to add Preview pane to the context menu in File Explorer for all users to quickly toggle the preview pane in Windows 10.

While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use the context menu.

Note   Note
Setting the preview pane to show or hide in File Explorer is a global setting that is applied to all folders, and not just in the current folder.

You can drag the left border of the preview pane left and right to increase or decrease its width in File Explorer.

If you set the preview pane to show, then it will replace the details pane if it is currently showing.

If you turn off thumbnail previews in File Explorer, image files will also not show a preview in the preview pane.


EXAMPLE: "Preview pane" context menu
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Here's How:

1. Do step 2 (add) or step 3 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Add "Preview pane" to Context Menu

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Add_Preview_pane_to_context_menu.reg

download


 3. To Remove "Preview pane" from Context Menu

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Remove_Preview_pane_from_context_menu.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn