File names don't always tell the whole story of what's in a file.
And you don't want to open a half-dozen huge programs when all you
need to know is the basic contents of a file. Vista lets you add a
preview pane to its Explorer, but what are XP users to do?
Universal Viewer from to the rescue. This free utility lets you
peek inside a variety of common file types (graphics, PDF, HTML,
and many more) just by right-clicking and choosing the Universal
Viewer command. Install the plugin for Microsoft Office (a separate
free download available at the vendor's site), and you can view
Word and Excel files as well. Navigation buttons make it easy to
skim through all files in a folder. For more features (such as an
Explorer-like tree pane for navigation and rudimentary file
management features), you?ll have to shell out $20 for the personal
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