Perhaps related to this but slightly different. If I have a directory of images, there are certain programs which let you do say left arrow or right arrow to quickly scroll through the images. Well I want the same thing in Windows with text files. Something which does not open a new tab or new application with each file, but which allows with say a single tab the user to quickly view the .txt files (or perhaps some other filter) in a scroll fashion such that only one file's contents are ever displayed on the screen at once.

Are there any programs that meet these requirements?

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I use the built-in feature of Windows called "Preview pane". You can scroll through the files using up and down arrows in detailed view.

Windows file preview

  • Clever trick, but with its limitations. One difficulty is a good number of my text files actually have no extension which poses a problem for the preview pane. If I mass rename them then they all do get previewed. Let's see how far I can get with this one.
    – demongolem
    Sep 22, 2016 at 18:13
  • @demongolem: ok, now I understand a bit better why you wanted to filter for file extensions. Sep 22, 2016 at 18:14

You can use Total Commander (it is shareware) with plugins for QuickView mode. Example of quickview plugin for images: Imagine. Activate quickview by Ctrl+Q and second pane will show images then (if Imagine was installed).

Analog which is free: Unreal Commander (it is not updated for long).

  • Yes I see Quick View Panel works in a similar fashion to Windows explorer for Total Commander on the directory I am testing. The only thing I would have to say (which is only tangentially related to the question) is that there are so many unique menu items there would seem to be a bit of a learning curve using that product.
    – demongolem
    Oct 10, 2016 at 14:49
  • But it is still good for going thru a directory.
    – RProgram
    Oct 11, 2016 at 0:43

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