How to hide the file preview pane on the "browse" window for uploading a file to a website?

Hi there,

I'm trying to remove this annoying file preview pane. This issue is quite strange.

When I open Libraries, there is no preview pane, it's absolutely fine. However, when I upload an image to a website like Twitter, Outlook or even here, on Internet Explorer, it has the preview pane in the right-hand corner. I've attached a screenshot.

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Original Title: Select A File To Preview

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Hi

Thank you so much for posting your query on this forum. You have reached the right place and I will try my best to assist you with this issue.

To disable the preview pane on the browse window that appears when you try to upload the images/files to a website, you need to click on the “Hide the preview pane” button from the top right corner of that window.

Please find the screenshot image of this button below:

Hope this is helpful. Please get back to us if you need any further assistance with Windows Operating System.

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Rajesh Govind - Microsoft Support Engineer

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Hi Rajesh,

Thank you for your reply.

Sadly I've already dried this. I am able to click that icon and the preview pane disappears, but then it appears again when I next upload an image.

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This is just a reminder that no further reply has been posted.

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Hi,

 

Thank you so much for getting back to us with the updates. I apologize for the delay in responding to this thread.

 

The above suggestion is working properly on my computer without any issues. If it is not working at your end, then we need to perform a deeper analysis on this issue and find the root cause of it.

 

Let us first check if this is caused by any corrupted system files on the computer. For this, let us run an SFC Scan and check the result.

 

Run an SFC Scan

 

The “sfc /scannow” command scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.

 

a) Click on “Start” button and type “cmd” in the search box.

b) Right click on “Command Prompt” icon from the search results and then select “Run as administrator

c) On the command prompt window, type the following command, and then press “Enter

 

sfc /scannow

 

d) Follow the on-screen instructions and complete the scan.

 

For more information, you may refer to the article given below:

 

Use the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files

 

Please get back to us with the scan result. We’ll be glad to assist you further.
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Rajesh Govind - Microsoft Support Engineer

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Hi Rajesh,

System File Checker came back with the following:

Windows Resource Protection did not find any intergirty violatations.

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Did you receive my previous reply?

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Hi,

 

Thank you for getting back to us with the updates.

 

We have tried all the basic troubleshooting steps to disable the “Preview” pane on the "browse" window for uploading a file to a website. However, the settings does not stay and the preview pane is still shown when you reopen the browse window.

 

So, in this case, if you no longer want to use the preview pane, then let us try removing its option from the Command Bar on the Windows Explorer through a registry edit and check if that resolves the issue. On doing this the preview pane will be permanently disabled on the Windows Explorer. Please follow these steps:

 

a) Press “Windows Logo” + “R” keys on the keyboard to open the “Run” command box.

b) Type “regedit” in the “Run” command box and press “ENTER”.

c) Now, navigate to following key:

 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

 

d) In right-side pane, create new DWORD “NoReadingPane” and set its value to 1. (To create a new DWORD, click on the option “Edit” at the top, select “New” and then select the option “DWORD” from that sub-menu.)

e) Restart or log off your system and "Preview Pane" button will get removed from Windows Explorer command bar.

f) To restore the "Preview Pane" button, you can either remove DWORD or change its value to 0.

 

Important: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. Follow the steps given here to back up registry.

 

a) Press “Windows Logo” + “R” keys on the keyboard to open the “Run” command box.

b) Type “regedit” in the “Run” command box and press “ENTER”.

c) Locate and click the key or sub-key that you want to back up.

d) Click the “File” menu, and then click on “Export”.

e) In the “Save in” box, select the location where you want to save the backup copy to, and then type a name for the backup file in the File name box.

f) Click on “Save”.

 

Hope this is helpful. Please get back to us with the result.
Regards,
Rajesh Govind - Microsoft Support Engineer

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Hi there,

There seems to be nothing called Explorer under Policies, there was only one called System.

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Hi there,

Not sure what I did, but the preview pane has gone now..

What should I do about the missing registry key?

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