How to Show or Hide Preview Pane in Windows 10

What is the Preview Pane Feature?

Preview pane, a pane on the right side of the File Explorer, displays the contents of the selected file. Please note that this does not apply to some file types, such as .exe.

You can’t find it in Windows 10 File Explorer by default.

The steps for enabling and disabling the preview pane are the same.

Remember that when you show the preview pane, then:

  • It replaces the details pane if the latter is already enabled.
  • It applies to every folder.

Here are some ways to hide and show.

Method #1

By pressing Windows + E, open File Explorer and then press Alt + P together.

Method #2

Start the File Explorer.

Navigate to the View tab on the ribbon.

Click on the Preview pane option in the “Panes” section.


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