Windows version of "quick look"

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Windows version of "quick look"

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A feature that Apple/Mac has is 'quick look'. It is an application that will immediately produce an image or file in viewing or readable form. It is listed in the 'right click' menu on a Mac so with a simple click, I can see what the file is without the need to open a full application (like Affinity Photo or LibreOffice).

Does Windows 11 have anything like this? Or is anyone using an app that is able to accomplish this action? :scratch: I did find "Seer" but it is on an unsecure connection so I wasn't comfortable in downloading and trying it. Any ideas will be appreciated!

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In Windows Explorer, select View > Show > Preview Pane.
When you click on a file, you'll see a preview of the file if Windows knows how to do that.

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HansV wrote:
15 Oct 2022, 14:55
... if Windows knows how to do that.
This appears to be based on a test of the file extent, rather than the contents of the file.
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HansV wrote:
15 Oct 2022, 14:55
In Windows Explorer, select View > Show > Preview Pane.
When you click on a file, you'll see a preview of the file if Windows knows how to do that.


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Thanks Hans. This seems to work fairly well although not all types files are "shown". For example, extension .rtf will display but .doc will not. Photos will display on the right side of the window pane but in small size even though I have "large" icon selected. It is a start in the right direction though, so I am very appreciative of the information you have provided! :thumbup:
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I guess it works like this: when you select a file, Windows looks up which application is associated with the file (if any, based on its extension), then asks that application whether it can provide a thumbnail. If so, it is shown, otherwise you'll see "No preview available".

On my PC, it works for text files, PDF files and Word documents, and picture files obviously, but not for Excel workbooks (nor Access databases, but that's to be expected).
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HansV wrote:
15 Oct 2022, 17:18
I guess it works like this: when you select a file, Windows looks up which application is associated with the file (if any, based on its extension), then asks that application whether it can provide a thumbnail. If so, it is shown, otherwise you'll see "No preview available".

On my PC, it works for text files, PDF files and Word documents, and picture files obviously, but not for Excel workbooks (nor Access databases, but that's to be expected).
I was surprised that the .doc file didn't open since I do have LibreOffice installed. But MS probably wants its own version of a word application. I will continue to learn how the O/S works and perhaps I'll find an application that will do the work that I want to accomplish. I refuse to pay a monthy subscriptions for MS Word, etc. apps. Who would have thought that we'd revert back to client/server days? But then it is all about money, I suppose. (I'm rambling)

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You ought to check out Microsoft PowerToys. It has File Explorer add-ons to preview other file types.

NOTE: it also has many other useful features.
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HansV wrote:
15 Oct 2022, 17:18
...but not for Excel workbooks...
I've not looked at a spreadsheet since I retired but isn't there any option to save a preview within an Excel workbook, which means tney can then be previewed in Explorer?

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Hmmm... - it's possible to save a thumbnail with Excel workbooks (increasing their file size), but on my PC, I still get 'This file can't be previewed'. :sad:

You might test it on your PC, who knows...
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HansV wrote:
15 Oct 2022, 14:55
In Windows Explorer, select View > Show > Preview Pane.
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Hans, thanks for this.
I tried "details pane", and that is v.good for me.

All too often a Windows Explorer window changes settings to use, say, audio properties on document files. The crude search window is awful.

With Details Pane toggled ON I can see date Created/Modified and Size for practically any file.
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JoeP wrote:
16 Oct 2022, 02:48
You ought to check out Microsoft PowerToys. It has File Explorer add-ons to preview other file types.

NOTE: it also has many other useful features.
I'll give it a try. I did use it back in XP days. :laugh: Exploring Windows 11 definitely is interesting!
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