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Dec 06, 2016

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Hello,

I'm currently using a Mac but i will soon be working on PC: I was wondering if it was possible to previex the .psd and .ai files directly in the file explorer of Windows 10, without having to open them in Photoshop or Illustrator (as we can be done on OSX thanks to the spacebar)? It would be a great time saver!

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Clara

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In the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, you can see previews for a variety of file types by going to the View tab and turning on the Preview pane. You can preview .ai files but not .psd files.

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.ai and .psd preview on Windows 10

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Hello,

I'm currently using a Mac but i will soon be working on PC: I was wondering if it was possible to previex the .psd and .ai files directly in the file explorer of Windows 10, without having to open them in Photoshop or Illustrator (as we can be done on OSX thanks to the spacebar)? It would be a great time saver!

Thank you,

Clara

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Correct answer by Myra_Ferguson | Adobe Community Professional

In the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, you can see previews for a variety of file types by going to the View tab and turning on the Preview pane. You can preview .ai files but not .psd files.

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In the Windows Explorer in Windows 10, you can see previews for a variety of file types by going to the View tab and turning on the Preview pane. You can preview .ai files but not .psd files.

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But why can not we see the .psd? When will it be repaired?

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You can always use Adobe Bridge to accurately preview these files.

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I use SageThumbs to preview ai and psd files directly in Windows Explorer. You'll also have to download and install ghostscript as well, but there is a segment further down on the page specifically about which version you need.

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Okay, I'll try this. Thanks a lot for your help!

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Back in my pre-retirement programming days I created previews for all of our products that would work on Windows.  Why doesn't Adobe supply a previewer with their products?

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Because it is the responsibility of Windows, for example, apple has support for everything, but windows does not.

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I also think, that this is in the responsibility of Windows, however, Acrobat does provide previews/thumbnails for PDF files (although, you have to turn it on first - by default it's off). So if Microsoft isn't going to solve this, it falls back on the software provider to make their users happy. In the meantime I use Mystic Thumbs, it is an alternative to SageThumbs, which is mentionned above. But on directories with 1000+ files it consumes quite a bit of your pc resources to create the thumbnails. Once they are done, they're cached however.

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Hi, I am not able to preview either .ai or .psd.  Is there a setting that I am missing?

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What have you tried so far? Did you install SageThumbs oder Mystic Thumbs? If not, you won't see a preview (icon) under any Windows version. If you have installed one of these tools, which one? The default settings of Mystic thumbs show you previews of .ai and .psd files by default and I assume SageThumbs does this as well.

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NetHawk, Re MysticThumbs: https://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbs What about InDesign and other adobe software? Do you see all thumbnail from other formats when toggleing through placing or viewing like you can on a Mac? Do you feel the software is safe? I work on a governrment PC and cannot find the origin of SageThumbs.  

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@LRS: since there are problems with replying to a reply, I write my answer here.

  1. Yes, Indesign previews are available for MysticThumbs: here's a list of all the supported file formats:
    https://mysticcoder.net/MysticThumbsFormats
  2. You see thumbnails from alle the formats in Explorer, you don't have to use the preview, but you can if you want a bigger view
  3. I think the software is safe. But feel free to throw the downloaded file at https://www.virustotal.com/gui/home/upload and test ist against most, if not all popular virus checkers.

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