Preview Pane Not Working in Windows 10? Ways to Fix Error

Having trouble with your preview pane in Windows 10? Here are some ways to fix the error.

Optimize File Explorer and Preview Settings

First, check if the Preview Pane is enabled in File Explorer. To do this, open File Explorer, click on the “View” tab, and then click on the “Preview Pane” option. Make sure it is checked.

Next, adjust the size of the Preview Pane to see if that resolves the issue. Click and drag the divider between the Preview Pane and the file list to resize it.

If the Preview Pane is still not working, try resetting the File Explorer settings. Open File Explorer, go to the “View” tab, and click on “Options.” In the Folder Options window, go to the “View” tab, and click on “Reset Folders.”

If all else fails, you can try rebuilding the Windows Search index. Press the Windows key + R, type “control panel,” and press Enter. In the Control Panel, search for “Indexing Options” and click on it. Click on “Advanced,” and then click on “Index Settings.” Click on “Rebuild” to rebuild the index.

Troubleshoot and Restart System Processes

To troubleshoot system processes, you can try restarting the Windows Explorer process. To do this, press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open the Task Manager. Then, find the Windows Explorer process in the list of running processes, right-click on it, and select Restart. This may help resolve any issues causing the preview pane to not work properly.

Another option is to check if any other system processes are causing conflicts with the preview pane. You can do this by restarting your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, go to the Start menu, click on the power button, hold down the Shift key, and click on Restart. This will restart your computer in Safe Mode, where you can check if the preview pane is working correctly.

If the preview pane still does not work after troubleshooting and restarting system processes, you may need to consider other solutions such as checking for updates, running a system scan for malware, or resetting your Windows settings.

Update or Reset Operating System

If the preview pane is not working in Windows 10, one possible solution is to update or reset the operating system. This can help resolve any underlying issues that may be causing the error.

To update the operating system, go to the Settings menu and select “Update & Security.” From there, click on “Windows Update” and check for any available updates. Install any updates that are available and restart your computer.

If updating the operating system does not fix the issue, you can try resetting it. This will restore Windows to its default settings, which can sometimes resolve problems with the preview pane.

To reset the operating system, go to the Settings menu and select “Update & Security.” Click on “Recovery” and then select “Reset this PC.” Follow the on-screen instructions to reset your operating system.

If neither updating nor resetting the operating system resolves the issue, you may need to seek further assistance from a professional or Microsoft support.

Utilize Alternative Tools and Accounts

  • Try using a different email client: If the Preview Pane is not working with your current email client, try using a different one to see if the issue persists.
  • Log in with a different user account: Create a new user account on your Windows 10 system and log in with that account to check if the Preview Pane works for the new account.
  • Use a different browser: If you are accessing your emails through a web browser, try using a different browser to see if the Preview Pane works in that browser.


How do I fix no preview available?

To fix “no preview available,” you can check if the Preview Pane is enabled, rule out file specific issues, restart Windows Explorer, adjust Folder Options settings, check for hard disk issues, update the graphics driver, adjust Advanced System Properties, and run a malware scan.

What does preview not available mean?

Preview not available means that when a user tries to preview an untrusted image attachment in an email, a window will appear stating “No Preview Available”. This is a security measure to prevent potential harm to the device from executing the image file.

Why is my PDF preview not working?

Your PDF preview may not be working because you are not using a PDF reader that supports thumbnail preview, your PDF reader is outdated, the PDF file is damaged, or you haven’t set the PDF reader that supports thumbnail preview as the default in Windows 11.

How do I enable file preview?

To enable file preview, you can open Windows File Explorer, go to the View menu, hover over Show, and then select Preview pane.

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