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I want to preview .js, .php, and other file extensions as text in explorer on Windows 7.

Any ideas on how I can accomplish this?

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In the meantime, check out: howtogeek.com/forum/topic/… –  ZoogieZork Jan 5 '10 at 20:02
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On top of using PreviewConfig, you will also have to add entries into the registry to get it working on Windows 7.

  • Open the registry editor (regedit in the start menu search) and navigate to computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.FILE_EXT, where FILE_EXT is the extension you want to add, such as .nfo

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  • Make 2 new string values (REG_SZ) under the file extension's key, Content Type and PerceivedType

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  • Set the value of Content Type to text/plain and PerceivedType to text.


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On Win 7, I got not success on .m3u using PreviewConfig img818.imageshack.us/img818/9910/regionuj.png or the manual method too img17.imageshack.us/img17/3674/registryeditor.png . Any ideas? –  ChrisJJ Mar 12 '13 at 22:55
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I am not totally sure but it is not Perceived Type, it is PerceivedType –  Devid Oct 25 '13 at 22:15
    
Success!! Per the answer below for most file types I did not need to manually edit the registry but for .config files I did because it had already been registered as ContentType application/xml and did not want to update. Thanks! –  GrokSrc Mar 20 at 19:19
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As of June 2010, PreviewConfig will handle Windows 7 file preview duties without the need for any manual registry editing.

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Try please: PreviewConfig Tool Registers File Types for the Preview Pane in Windows 7/Vista

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/previewconfig-tool-registers-file-types-for-the-preview-pane-in-windows-vista/

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Could you summarize your article here? We prefer you don't just link your own site as an answer –  Simon Sheehan Feb 15 '12 at 22:39
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To view .ai in windows 7 preview handler

  1. Navigate to .ai folder in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes.ai
  2. Under that make a key named ShellEx if not already there
  3. Under ShellEx create a key name {8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}
  4. Under this new key change the data value to {DC6EFB56-9CFA-464D-8880-44885D7DC193} (I would have posted an image but Im not allowed to by the system but I'm sure you got it!)

Now even Adobe Illustrator files show up in the preview handler and you look like a Pro! This is possible as the preview handler for PDF files and AI files are the same so all that is being done is copy/paste the PDF one to the AI one!

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I just went to RegEdit> HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Classes

Found .log

Added a new String Value called PerceivedType with Value Date text.

Started working straight away.

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where did you get this tutorial from? please consider adding your source. –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 19 '13 at 10:25
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