If you want to disable the preview pane in Windows 7 that might be a bit annoying sometimes, you can simply hide it or disable it completely through the registry.

How to disable preview pane

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Preview Pane Shortcut

As mentioned in this guide (How to preview pictures in Windows 7), there’s a handy shortcut that allows you to quickly enable/disable the preview pane in Windows 7:

ALT + P (for preview)

Disable Preview Pane via Windows Explorer

1. Step Open the Windows Explorer (Windows key + E)
2. Step Now, on the right side at the top, there’s a square icon with two lines at the top… that’s the icon to hide the preview pane:

Hide the preview pane

Disable Preview Pane via Registry

1. Step Open a notepad and copy and paste the following text:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Modules\GlobalSettings\Sizer]
“ReadingPaneSizer”=hex:6e,01,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,0c,03,00,00

2. Step Save it as a .reg file and select “All files” from the dropdown when you save the file.

3. StepDouble-click on the newly created registry file to add this registry key and disable the preview pane completely.

4. Step Reboot.