Windows Vista takes a tip from the Apple's playbook, and lets you
preview documents without opening an application. Everybody wins.
I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com with a quick tip on how to preview
files the fast way.
Windows Vista includes a nifty little time-saving feature--the
capability to preview any file without opening an application. So if
you want to, say, grab a name or number from an Excel spreadsheet
without opening it, or check out a photo without launching
Photoshop or some other slow program, you can get an instant
preview. Here's how.
First, click the Start button, or press the Start key, and then click
Computer. (The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows-E, for
Now, on the Windows Explorer toolbar, click Organize, then scroll to
Layout, and then select Preview Pane.
Once the pane is open, you just drag it to change the size. And
there you go; a faster way to find what you need. For CNET.com, I'm
Molly Wood. And you're welcome.