Wow, that was very useful!
Now, can you tell me how to get the preview pane to reside at the bottom of
the Explorer window? I can't seem to dock it there.
"Adam Albright" wrote:
> On Sat, 14 Jul 2007 08:54:02 -0700, dickey38
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >Using Windows Explorer, navigate to the Public Pictures/Sample Pictures
> >folder, I understand that there should be a "preview pane" on the far right
> >of the window. I get no such preview pane. Under Folder Options I have
> >checked "Show preview and filters" (General tab), checked "Show preview
> >handlers in preview pane" (View tab), and unchecked "Always show icons, never
> >thumbnails" (View tab). If I click on a picture (showing large icons) a
> >"Preview" option appears on the top menu bar, but clicking Preview opens a
> >new window with full picture. No preview pane, no preview.
> >I'm running under Vista Business. Any suggestions?
> The Preview pane can appear at the bottom or side. Personally I prefer
> it at the bottom. To see it, click on Organize, Layout, then Preview
> Pane. Now regardless if you set up Windows Explorer to be in one of
> the icon views (show thumbnails) or in detail view to show specifics
> about your files a thumbnail will appear in the Preview Pane as you
> single click on image files. Double clicking on the file opens it in
> Photo Gallery.
> Photo Galley doesn't set up a separate folder structure. It simply
> mimics what Window Explorer shows. Further you can bring up Photo
> Gallery anytime at any point from Windows Explorer by double clicking
> on a image file. You can then move back and forth in the folder you
> happen to be in with the control buttons provided.
> Where some people get confused is when they "add" folders to Photo
> Gallery. This simply causes Photo Galley to add such folders to it's
> list of folders it will by default show. So if you bring up Photo
> Gallery from a short cut you set up or by clicking Start, then typing
> Photo Galley or Windows Photo Gallery in a simple search, then
> clicking on that link you get presented with a totally different view.
> So if your bring up Photo Gallery by double clicking on any image in
> Windows Explorer, you are limited to seeing what is in the folder you
> happen to be in. However if you bring up Photo Gallery directly it
> will "remember" all the folders you at some point added and display
> more optional views.
> When I first installed Vista I just played around with Photo Gallery.
> So for me, right now, if I bring up Photo Gallery directly, it shows
> in the left pane the following folders:
> all pictures and videos. Under pictures there are 8,640 thumbnails.
> Under videos a dozen.
> Under tags, there are several for the included demos images included
> with Vista, plus folders for tags I CREATED, like my vacation,
> Freckles, my dog, etc..
> Further is depends WHAT you add. So I have a folder for each of star
> rankings and images (in right pane) under each plus under Date taken I
> not only have years, like 1999, 2001, etc., but folders for individual
> months and even days within the months. What can end up here DEPENDS
> on what metadata in ALREDY in the file OR what you add by right
> clicking on the file, properties, details. While a nice feature it can
> get confusing depending on where you look and how you sort.
> Since Photo Galley can act as a de facto depository it can be
> misleading if you try to use it to locate files. Just to see if it
> could, I popped in a old CD I made years ago that had six small videos
> on it. Sure enough, Photo Gallery was able to open the CD and did
> create a thumbnail for each video. Since a CD can be removed obviously
> unless that particular CD happens to be in the CD/DVD drive right now
> it won't be able to access the files if it isn't, yet you will see
> For that and other reasons it makes more sense to use Windows Explorer
> to set up a folder structure. The more photos you have the more
> practical this becomes.