How to PDF thumbnail preview in Windows Explorer


How to enable PDF preview and file icons in Windows Explorer

Sumatra PDF is a small, fast and flexible PDF viewer kept in minimalist design. The free software can be installed on Windows and is alternatively available as portable software, which can also be used for operation with a USB stick.

this is how it is done

Figure: Windows Explorer PDF Preview

Enable PDF preview in Windows Explorer with Sumatra PDF


The Sumatra PDF Reader allows thumbnail preview in Windows Explorer, with the option enabled during installation, with options open, and “Windows should preview PDF documents” be enabled.


The Sumatra PDF Reader can be downloaded here.

In Windows Explorer, you activate the preview window in the ribbon under View, and for the file icons in the Layout – Large Symbols or Extra Large Symbols box.

Figure: Windows Explorer – View – Preview Window

Adobe Reader PDF thumbnail preview in Windows Explorer


For Adobe Reader users, activation is in the menu under Edit – Settings – General – Enable with Hacking in Checkbox at “PDF Miniature Preview in Windows Explorer”.

adobe_einstellungen_pdf miniature preview
Illustration: Adobe Reader Settings

Foxit Reader Windows Explorer PDF Preview


There is no preview setting for the Foxit Reader, Foxit is also free, the preview handler is automatically activated during installation in Windows Explorer.

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