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How to enable preview of any file type in Windows 10

Hello! Windows 10 usually offers stability to its users. However, this stability is accompanied by a certain rigidity in its aspects. In fact, several aspects can only be modified with third-party apps. Unlike GNU/Linux for example. Previously we have talked about the file explorer. Which is one of the most used elements. Well, this design has not evolved much over time. However, it incorporates a side panel that allows you to preview images. But this function is only limited to this type of file. Read on to find out how to enable the preview of any file type in Windows 10.

Using QuickLook to preview any file in Windows 10.

As mentioned, Windows is very limited for previewing files. Indeed, it is not possible to preview documents, spreadsheets, or a PDF. Therefore, QuickLook offers this functionality. It is a free and open source tool that is in constant development. The project has a fairly simple intention. Since it seeks to incorporate this function present in macOS. It is a feature longed for by Windows users: the preview of files in the file explorer.

This tool has the project hosted in GitHub. Besides, it has improved a lot since its beginning. It allows 3 download tips. First, downloading the tool from Microsoft Store. But it’s also possible to download portable versions from GitHub. And finally there are available Nightly builds from AppVeyor

Whatever the type of download, all you have to do is to run it. To check that everything is in order, you should check the program icon on the taskbar.

QuickLook icon running correctly on the taskbar
QuickLook icon running correctly on the taskbar
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From now on, just select the file in the file browser. Then press the space bar to preview the file or folder.

QuickLook previewing a PDF file in Windows 10.
QuickLook previewing a PDF file in Windows 10.

Some functions and supported files.

The tool has other additional functions. For example, pressing Esc hides the preview and pressing Enter runs the current file. Obviously with the directional you navigate through the previews. Similarly, by using Ctrl+mouse wheel it is possible to zoom in. The following is a list of available file types:

  • Image files such as .png, .jpg, .bmp and .gif
  • Compressed files such as .zip, .rar, .7z.
  • Text files, and PDF files.
  • Office documents such as .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx.
  • Video files such as .mp4, .mkv, .m2ts
  • HTML and HTML files
  • MarkDown files.

On the other hand, QuickLook integrates perfectly with Files, the great option for the file explorer. So you can have previews along with this great file manager. Very well, this way we have seen how to enable the preview of any file in Windows 10. Enjoy it!

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