SUMMARY: This tutorial will help you in removing "Preview Pane" button from Command Bar (aka Folder Band or Toolbar) in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Explorer. It'll also restrict users from accessing Preview Pane in Windows Explorer.
Recently we posted tutorials about removing "Get Help", "Burn" and many other default buttons from Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer:
- How to Remove "Get Help" Button from Command Bar in Windows 7 Explorer?
- How to Remove "Burn" Button from Windows Explorer Command Bar in Windows 7?
- How to Customize (Rename, Remove or Hide) Command Bar Buttons in Windows 7 Explorer?
A few readers asked how to remove "Preview Pane" button from Command Bar in Windows Explorer because the above mentioned tutorials didn't help in removing this button.
"Preview Pane" button is shown at the right-side of the Command Bar in Windows Explorer. It allows you to show/hide Preview Pane in Explorer. You can also show/hide Preview Pane quickly using "ALT+P" hotkey.
But many people don't use Preview Pane in Explorer and they want to remove this extra button from Command Bar to make it clean. Thanks to our reader "TheAslan" who shared a Registry tweak to remove this button.
So today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to remove "Preview Pane" button from Windows Explorer Command Bar. This tweak will work in Windows Vista and Windows 7. It'll permanently disable Preview Pane in Windows Explorer so you'll not be able to access it unless you restore the default Registry settings.
So if you also want to restrict users from accessing Preview Pane and want to remove its button from Command Bar in Windows Explorer, check out following simple steps:
You can remove Preview Pane button from Command Bar using following 2 methods:
- METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor
- METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor
METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)
1. Type gpedit.msc in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.
2. Now go to:
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer -> Explorer Frame Pane
3. In right-side pane, look for "Turn off Preview Pane" option.
The option would be set to Not configured. Double-click on it and set it to Enabled.
Apply the changes and it'll immediately remove "Preview Pane" button from Windows Explorer command bar.
4. To restore "Preview Pane" button, set the "Turn off Preview Pane" option to either Not Configured or Disabled.
Bonus Tip: As you can see in the above screenshot, you can also disable "Details Pane" in Windows Explorer by setting "Turn off Details Pane" option to Enabled.
METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (regedit)
If you are a Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium edition user, you'll not be able to run gpedit.msc command because these editions don't come with Group Policy Editor. But you can enable Group Policy Editor in these editions using following tutorial:
Anyway the same thing can also be done using Registry Editor. Just follow these simple steps:
1. Type regedit in RUN or Start Menu search box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.
2. Now go to following key:
3. In right-side pane, create new DWORD NoReadingPane and set its value to 1 as shown in following screenshot:
4. Restart or log off your system and "Preview Pane" button will get removed from Windows Explorer command bar.
5. To restore "Preview Pane" button, you can either remove DWORD or change its value to 0
PS: If you don't want to edit registry manually and want a ready-made registry script to do the task automatically, download following ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it: