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The Windows explorer.exe has a previsualization pane (W7+) that let you preview .txt, .docx, .bat, etc. documents.

How can I make it preview markdown .md files ? Rendering just as plain text is kinda ok, but I'd like to render the markdown in the preview as well

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I don't have enough reputation to add a comment, but, the solution to your problem is the correct answer from this thread: Windows 7 - Preview other file types as text in Preview Pane

Edit: Actually, according to this guy in that same thread, using PreviewConfig should be enough.

Edit 2: In order to preview custom or non-standard file-types with actual rendering (eg. color for code, rendering markdown, or images), it seems you need to have a Preview Handler. This thread on another forum adds some useful information to the discussion of developing such a preview handler, particularly this tutorial written in C#. I tried searching for a pre-written .md preview handler, but have come back empty handed. If you know C# I highly suggest looking further into this.

  • @DavidPostill I don't have enough reputation to flag the question for closing, but you are absolutely right, I should've flagged it, maybe "in need of moderator intervention" saying the question is/was a dupe would be more appropriate for a pleb like me? Now that the question has been edited slightly I'm not sure anymore, however. – ZN13 Nov 2 '15 at 22:23
  • Don't worry about it. As you say the OP has commented on the proposed dupe ;) – DavidPostill Nov 2 '15 at 22:27
  • Hehe. You found exactly the same links I was just looking at ;) Much better answer! – DavidPostill Nov 2 '15 at 22:42
  • By the way. You now have enough rep to comment if you need to... – DavidPostill Nov 2 '15 at 22:45
  • :D! Search engines are amazing. Oh hey look at that, woop woop! – ZN13 Nov 2 '15 at 22:47
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Bit of an old thread, but this (a bit unstable) extension (warning: I am the author) does the trick for me:

https://github.com/Atrejoe/MarkdownPreview

Installation is a bit of a drag though.

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