Windows Explorer offers a cool Preview pane that lets you preview a document’s contents before opening it. This is useful when you’re not really sure if the document contains the information you’re looking for and it saves you the trouble of opening every single document each time to search for something. However, the utility of the Preview pane is nullified when it comes to viewing PDF documents, as it does not support the option to preview such files. Luckily, you can still do that using a tool called PDF Preview for Windows 7. This post shows you how to preview PDF files in Windows 7.
How to Preview PDF Files in Windows 7
Previewing PDF files in Windows 7 is possible with the help of the PDF Preview for Windows 7 tool. This tool is absolutely free and lets you preview PDF files not just from Windows Explorer, but also in Microsoft Outlook attachments.
Download the tool and install it on your PC. The wizard will guide you through the installation steps. When the installation is complete, the application will also install an additional PDF Viewer which you can use to read PDF files, though you may not really need it.
Once installed, you’ll notice that the PDF icons are replaced by thumbnail images. Remember how we set the advanced properties in Excel 2010 to save thumbnails for documents? This works similarly, shrinking the first page of the PDF document into a thumbnail icon.
PDF Preview for Windows 7 works on both Windows 7 32-bit and Windows 64-bit systems.
If you rue the fact that you can’t preview your PDF files in Windows 7, why not give this tool a try.