What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

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raymm
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What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by raymm » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:54 pm

I can see odt, docx files in preview, but I can't see PDF files.

What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

therube
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by therube » Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:44 pm

What OS?

raymm
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by raymm » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:42 pm

Windows 10

SuperDude
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by SuperDude » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:56 pm

Foxit PDF Reader has an option, when installing the program, to install a preview handler that will allow you to view PDF files in Everything's Preview Pane.

You can also try using PreviewConfig - get it here: http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/previ ... ows-vista/

PreviewConfig enables you to register preview handlers for different file types that Everything's Preview Pane may not initially recognize, and not be able to be viewed. For example, there are many file types which are actually plain text files, but with different extensions. Some of these extensions are not automatically recognized by Everything, but after using PreviewConfig, Everything will be able to view these new file types in its Preview Pane.

void
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by void » Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:31 am

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC also shows pdf previews in Everything x86/x64.

horst.epp
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by horst.epp » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:14 am

SumatraPDF also works for the Everything preview pane.

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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by rgbigel » Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:45 pm

so much has improved... even Windows 11 Explorer is now able to show Pdf documents, both in Icons and in Preview modes.
So in think Everything (current 1.5.0.1294a) should also be capable of doing it?
Rolf

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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by horst.epp » Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:35 pm

rgbigel wrote:
Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:45 pm
so much has improved... even Windows 11 Explorer is now able to show Pdf documents, both in Icons and in Preview modes.
So in think Everything (current 1.5.0.1294a) should also be capable of doing it?
Rolf
Sorry, what is your exact problem ?
If Windows Explorer shows PDF previews then you have some preview handler installed
and Everything will also show previews.

rgbigel
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by rgbigel » Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:00 pm

That is exacty the problem. Explorer shows, Everything does not show previews.
I just checked the preview handler tool. It shows a handler (to my surprise), so possibly Explorer is using that, or maybe its own, not visible to the preview handler tool? But why then does Everything not use it?

The name of the preview handler also was a surprise, containing the string "pdf24.dll". Haven't used that one in a long time, but pdf24.exe is still working.

I hope that it has nothing to do with some 32/64 bit problem of windows 11. From all i can see, Everything, Explorer, System and pdf24 are all 64 bit.

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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by horst.epp » Tue Jan 18, 2022 6:45 pm

I'm also running Windows 11 and SumatraPDF does the PDF preview
in Everything, Explorer, Total Commander and XYplorer.

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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by NotNull » Tue Jan 18, 2022 7:34 pm

rgbigel wrote:
Mon Jan 17, 2022 6:00 pm
That is exacty the problem. Explorer shows, Everything does not show previews.
Are you running Everything as administrator? Try the following:
  • Enable Everything Service
  • Disable Run as administrator
  • Restart Everything (right-click the Everything icon in teh systemtray and choose Exit to stop Everything completely)
Both settings can be found under Menu:Tools > Options > General.

void
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by void » Wed Jan 19, 2022 8:44 am

There might be a load issue.

Detailed information is available in your debug logs:
  • In Everything, type in the following search and press ENTER:
    /debug
    ---this will show a debug console---
  • Ensure the Preview Pane is shown (Alt + P)
  • Type in the following search:
    *.pdf
  • Select a PDF file to preview.
  • Right click the debug console window caption and under the Edit submenu, click Select All.
  • Left click the selected text in the debug console to copy it to the clipboard.
  • Please paste this text in your reply.
To close the debug console:
  • In Everything, type in the following search and press ENTER:
    /debug

rgbigel
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by rgbigel » Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:01 pm

The first of the suggested remedies worked: I dropped Administrator mode while staying with Service.
I have not tried to debug, because it now works.

Thank you

PS: why is an Administrator limited this way? The problem now is, that I can't store the .ini inside Program Files\Everything.

raccoon
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by raccoon » Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm

rgbigel wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:01 pm
PS: why is an Administrator limited this way?
NotNull wrote elsewhere: "In the past, there were issues with the Adobe iFilter when running as administrator. Don't know about the current situation, though." Consider that "normal" software does not run As Administrator, and writing software intended to function safely while As Administrator takes extra consideration and work.
rgbigel wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 1:01 pm
The problem now is, that I can't store the .ini inside Program Files\Everything.
Move Everything to C:\Portable\Everything\ if you want to store the .ini files along side the .exe. All software installed to Program Files should be storing their data and settings to the Users\...\AppData folder and not Program Files.

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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by NotNull » Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:31 pm

raccoon wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm
All software installed to Program Files should be storing their data and settings to the Users\...\AppData folder and not Program Files.
.. and that can be accomplished by enabling the Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything setting under Menu:Tools > Options > General.

rushq
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by rushq » Sun Feb 20, 2022 5:36 am

NotNull wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:31 pm
raccoon wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm
All software installed to Program Files should be storing their data and settings to the Users\...\AppData folder and not Program Files.
.. and that can be accomplished by enabling the Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything setting under Menu:Tools > Options > General.
hello,I have the problem,Everything does not show previews about office files and pdf files,but I am sure it's work few week ago ,I am no idea what happen .I am try the solutions above,but it's not work well ,what should I do .

void
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by void » Sun Feb 20, 2022 5:39 am

Please make sure Everything is installed correctly:
  • In Everything, from the Tools menu, click Options.
  • Click the General tab on the left.
  • Check Store settings and data in %APPDATA%\Everything
  • Uncheck Run as administrator.
  • Check Everything Service. (Please make sure this is tick-checked and not square-checked)
  • Click OK.
  • Exit Everything (right click the Everything tray icon and click Exit).
  • Restart Everything.
If you make any changes above, please restart your PC to ensure there is no PDF preview instance running with administrative privileges.

Please let me know if the issue persists.

David.P
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by David.P » Tue Mar 15, 2022 9:10 am

Just wanted to briefly report that the above info by void fixed the PDF preview not working issue for me as well.

Btw., here at Tracker Software there's a tool that allows you to set which of the installed PDF programs should take care of the preview, or various other things regarding PDF files, regardless of which program is set as the default program to open PDFs:

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horst.epp
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by horst.epp » Tue Mar 15, 2022 11:29 am

There is a better universal preview handler editor from Microsoft.
I use it to change preview handlers on the fly for all formats and installed handlers.
Its no longer on the web, so here is the archive.
PreviewHandlerEditor-x64.zip
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David.P
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Re: What can I do to be able to see PDF files in Everything Preview?

Post by David.P » Tue Mar 15, 2022 11:46 am

Thanks!
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