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View as Web page in Win XP

by jaring / April 23, 2004 1:38 AM PDT

With Win 98SE Windows Explorer can be viewed as a Web Page whereby a middle screen appears between the directory and folder/file screens. When I click a file in the right screen the info of that file appears in the middle window, This is especially useful when I click a JPG, etc. file because a "thumbnail" picture of that JPG file appears in the middle screen. So I don't have to double click the file in order to see what the picture looks like. Question: how do I get the same screen or feature with Windows XP?

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Re:View as Web page in Win XP
by Cetin Denislam / April 23, 2004 6:49 AM PDT

I don't think that the old way viewing is possible in windows XP. However, your exposed problem isn't by far annoying than the one that you open a folder with hunfreds (maybe thousands) of files in thumbnail view. In this case, there is a large processing delay.

Anyway, you can use a third party tool. Example

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

T. S. Eliot

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Re:Re:View as Web page in Win XP
by jaring / April 29, 2004 1:02 AM PDT

Thanks, Cetin. Will try ThumbsPlus

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Re: View as Web page in Win XP
by Rollo / April 23, 2004 8:22 AM PDT

You can get a similar effect in Windows Explorer (WE), under XP Home or Pro. Run WE, highlight your chosen folder in the left pane, choose List from the View menu, then turn off the Folder (tree) view by going to View menu, Explorer Bar, and untick Folders, or just click on the Folders button on the Standard Toolbar. Now when you highlight a file, you should have a preview of the file and some of its properties listed in the info/action pane, on the left, which has taken the place of the normal directory tree. The same effect can be achieved or arrived at by simply Opening a folder (right-click a folder, select Open), rather than Exploring it or just running WE normally. You might also like to right-click a folder, hover over Send To, and select Desktop (create shortcut), this provides a shortcut which Opens a folder in WE. If you don't get this, try using a GUI Theme other than the Windows XP default. Excuse the long winded explanation, but is there any other way. Regards

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Re:Re: View as Web page in Win XP
by jaring / April 29, 2004 1:04 AM PDT

Thanks, Rollo. I will try to follow your instructions this afternoon.

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Re: View as Web page in Win XP
by Rollo / April 29, 2004 2:57 AM PDT

To get the effect as I described, you must enable "Show common tasks in folders" at the top of the General tab in Folder Options, which you get at from the View menu in Windows Explorer. Regards

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