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Preview PDF File in Windows 7 without Opening


Preview PDF File in Windows 7 without Opening

By default Windows 7 does not have the ability to preview PDF files like images in Windows Explorer or other apps like Office 2010. PDF Preview allows Windows 7 users to take advantage of the PDF preview functionality to view PDF documents without needing to open them. This freeware tool installs PDF Preview add-in for Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office, and Outlook 2010 and other versions, and automatically configures itself to preview a PDF file in the Preview pane of Windows Explorer or in the Reading pane in Outlook 2007, 2010.


Once installed, the app also shows a thumbnail preview for icons and also the icon changes to the one from PDF Preview. It cannot preview password protected PDF files.


  • Preview PDF document- PDF document can be previewed in thumbnail when it is not opened via the Preview Handler interface in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  • Thumbnail PDF Icon- The icon of your PDF document is generated on the fly according to the content of the first page of your PDF document.
  • Support PDF files of all versions- Just install the software, and it works with all versions of PDF files.
  • Fast display- The preview thumbnail can be displayed instantly after you mouse click on it.
  • High-quality rendering- PDF Preview for Windows 7 gives your PDF files a high-quality preview thumbnail.
  • Work with 86 different languages- PDF files with Asian, Hebrew, Arabic et al fonts can be opened and viewed without difficulty.
  • 64-bit optimization- On Windows 7 64-bit operating system, PDF Preview works as twice as much faster than on 32-bit.

Overall, the app is a great addition to Windows 7 Explorer to view PDF files without actually opening it.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. Big Johnny

    May 3, 2012 at 5:08 am

    Great app! Thank you!

  2. Suman Banerjee

    May 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    What a bunch of crybabies. Acrobat has a similar feature and you don’t have to install anything extra.

  3. Lucy

    July 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Thank You, it really works 🙂

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