I have found this
by MarkFlax - 7/31/05 3:14 PM
In Reply to: Thumbnail View Of JPG File by GFK
If I open My Documents on the Desktop, it is in Category view. That is, it has a blue column on the left which gives certain details and/or options.
If I click on My Computer in the left column, I can then navigate through C in the right pane to anywhere on my hard drive.
If I open any folder that has images, I note the following;
1] In Tools > Folder options, on the General tab, if under ''Tasks" the option selected is to ''Show common tasks in folders'', then;
a) in the folder I have opened, if I click on the Views options icon in the menu bar and make sure the option selected is ''Tiles'', ''Icons'', ''List'', or ''Details'', then if I highlight any image, a preview will be shown in the left hand column. But,
b) if I select any other option in the View options menu, whenever I highlight an image in the right pane, all I get are details in the left column, and no image.
2] In Tools > Folder options, on the General tab, if I select ''Use Windows Classic Folders'' under Tasks, then the blue left hand column disappears, and I have no options to preview images under Tiles, Icons, List or Details above. However the other options, Thumbnails, Filmstrip still show previews.
In Windows Explorer, whether I click on ''Show common tasks in folders'' or ''Use Windows Classic'', in Folder Options, there is no blue column on the left, and therefore no options to preview images except the Filmstrip or Thumbnail options in the right hand pane.
So, it seems that the left hand preview option is only available from My Documents, using that to navigate to any other folder that holds images, and not in Windows Explorer as far as I can fathom out.
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