Can I get a preview of a file on the Desktop?
Thread poster: 2nl (X)

2nl (X)  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 10:45
Oct 15, 2015

In OS X I can select a file on the Desktop and press the space bar to get a preview of the file (e.g. DOCX).

Is such a technique also available in Windows 10?

Hans
(temporarily on Win10)

[Edited at 2015-10-15 16:06 GMT]


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 10:45
Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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In a folder Oct 15, 2015

2nl wrote:
In OS X I can select a file on the Desktop and press the space bar to get a preview of the file (e.g. DOCX). Is such a technique also available in Windows 10?


Not AFAIK, but if you're in a folder, you can enable the preview pane (by e.g. pressing the Preview Pane button). You can also view the Desktop as a folder by going into any folder on the Desktop and then going "one folder up", which will show you the Desktop inside a folder.


 

2nl (X)  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 10:45
TOPIC STARTER
Thank you! Oct 15, 2015

I was testing this with a PNG. I also had IrfanView installed and assigned the .PNG extension to this program. After re-assigning it to Photos, the preview still didn't work. Then I found this:


2) In Windows Explorer, I clicked Tools, Folder options, went to the View tab, expanded Files and Folders and removed the check mark from Always show icons, never thumbnails. (I think this is all I had to do to make it work, but have not verified that.)


(Source: http://superuser.com/questions/201250/cant-see-png-previews-in-windows-7)

Now I get a preview in a Desktop folder on the Desktop icon_wink.gif.


 

Rodrigo Castillo H.
Chile
Local time: 05:45
English to Spanish
Toggle Preview Pane Oct 19, 2015

You can also press ALT+P to toggle the Preview Pane on and off. Not sure if this keyboard shortcut is the same in all languages, but it works in the Spanish version of Office.

 


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