How to Enable or Disable Preview Pane in File Explorer on Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Thursday, August 19, 2021

How to Enable or Disable Preview Pane in File Explorer on Windows 10

Recently, if you opened Windows File Explorer and selected any of your files, you'd see a small preview thumbnail of the file on the right pane of the screen. This is the recently updated Preview Pane feature in Windows Explorer.

Because of this new feature, you can see a small preview of your files as thumbnails on the right pane of Windows Explorer. This feature is very helpful in identifying your files faster, however, it is also the main cause of many problems related to Windows File Explorer.

In this article, we discussed how to disable Preview Pane in Windows 10 for users affected by the errors caused by it.

Why remove the preview pane in Windows 10?

The Windows 10 Preview Pane feature displays thumbnails of your locally stored files using cache files stored in the installation folder. When a new file opens, a cache folder for the same file is created, which is then used by Windows File Explorer to preview its contents as thumbnails.

This feature sounds very useful, but it has been repeatedly reported to cause errors when opening files. This error is more common for Word and Excel files. While the Preview Pane feature is nice, it's not worth getting in the way of your work on it. In addition, removing the preview pane makes Windows File Explorer work faster.

Turn off the preview pane in Windows 10 with some simple methods

If you've also decided that the Windows File Explorer Preview Pane feature isn't worth the trouble it causes, the next thing you should do is disable it. Below, we have covered some of the different methods that you can use to remove the Preview Pane in Windows 10.

Method 1: Hide the preview pane with keyboard shortcuts

The easiest way to hide the Preview Pane is to use the keyboard shortcut Alt + P. To use this shortcut first, open Windows File Explorer by pressing the Windows + E keys. Next, press the Alt + P keys to hide the Preview Pane. hide the Preview Pane. Reusing this shortcut will enable the Preview Pane feature.

Method 2: Hide the preview pane from the view tab

You can also enable or disable the Preview Pane from the View tab in the ribbon menu. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer again.
  2. Click the View tab on the ribbon menu.
  3. There you will find the Preview Pane option.
  4. You can turn it on or off by clicking on it.


Method 3: Turn off thumbnails from preview pane

You can change the settings of Windows File Explorer to hide the thumbnails in the Preview Pane. To do that, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer again.
  2. Select the View tab from the ribbon menu.
  3. Next, click the Options button and select the Change folder and search options button. This will open Folder Options on your desktop.
  4. Select the View tab and under Advanced settings check the box Always show icons, never thumbnails. Also, uncheck the Display file icon on thumbnails.
  5. Finally, click Apply and OK to save the changes.


So you have it. Now you know how to disable the Preview Pane in Windows 10. Follow the steps above carefully and you should not have any problems removing the Preview Pane feature from File Explorer. Also, if you have any questions regarding this article, ask them in the comments section below.

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