File Explorer add-ons utility

File Explorer add-ons currently include:

  • Preview Pane rendering of SVG icons (.svg)
  • Preview Pane rendering of Markdown files (.md)

Preview Pane

Preview Pane is an existing feature in the Windows File Explorer which shows a lightweight, rich, read-only preview of the file's contents in the view's reading pane. PowerToys adds two extensions, Markdown and SVG.

Enabling Preview Pane

To enable, first ensure that "Enable SVG preview", "Enable SVG thumbnails", and "Enable Markdown preview" are all set to On in the PowerToys Settings.

PowerToys Settings Enable File Explorer screenshot

Next, open Windows File Explorer, select the View tab in the File Explorer ribbon, then select Preview Pane.

PowerToys Preview Pane Demo