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My Windows 10 preview pane in Explorer is not showing the preview for regular .txt files. It simply displays No preview available.

How do I fix this?

  • Verify the registry is correct: superuser.com/questions/91804/… – Ramhound Jun 30 '17 at 2:17
  • @Ramhound The registry is correct. I had already checked it according to that question before deciding to post this question. :/ – MarcG Jun 30 '17 at 2:40
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Much late, but you just need to modify the registry:

Copy everything between the --- and the bottom --- and save it as restore_txt_preview.reg then double-click it, and answer yes or okay to everything.

--- start copy below this line

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt]
@="txtfile"
"ContentType"="text/plain"
"PerceivedType"="text"   

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\PersistentHandler]
@="{1531d583-8375-4d3f-b5fb-d23bbd169f22}"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.txt\ShellNew]
"ItemName"=hex(2):40,00,25,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,52,00,6f,00,\
  6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,\
  00,6e,00,6f,00,74,00,65,00,70,00,61,00,64,00,2e,00,65,00,78,00,65,00,2c,00,\
  2d,00,34,00,37,00,30,00,00,00
"NullFile"=""

--- end copy before this line

  • Sorry, the formatting on this page moved the Windows Registry editor line to the same one as the "copy from here" but it is where you should begin copying the text. – Hadsameandfixedit Feb 6 '18 at 3:07
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    You should edit your answer and make sure it’s formatted – Ramhound Feb 6 '18 at 3:07

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