[SOLVED] Word Documents Not Previewing in Explorer Preview Pane

Problem:

The Preview Pane in Windows Explorer is either not displaying the contents for word documents or is crashing when it tries.

Resolution:

The following steps can be used restore Explorers ability to preview word documents.

 

  1. Close any open word documents
  2. On the keyboard, press the Windows (Flag) button and ‘R’
  3. Enter
  4. winword /a
  5. Press ‘OK’
  6. Word will open – restart the computer and the previews should work again

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4 comments on “[SOLVED] Word Documents Not Previewing in Explorer Preview Pane

  1. Here’s what oddly enough worked for me, after a metric ton of aggravation:
    In a Word doc, click on File. Then Open. Then right-click the file you want to preview.

    1. Excellent! The right click on the file worked and made all other word files preview-able the normal way afterwards. Thank!

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