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Like Craigslist? Me, too. I've scored many a great deal on the classified-ad site.

Just one problem: For every single listing that says it has an accompanying "pic," you have to click through to actually see that picture. To me that's the very definition of "hassle."

In the past I've written about browser add-ons for previewing Craiglist images, but recently I discovered something interesting: Craigslist now has its own tool for previewing images.

I'm honestly not sure when it debuted. Could have been last week, could have been six months ago. All I know is, I didn't notice it until now. Maybe you didn't, either.

The feature is hiding in plain sight. When you look at the listings for a particular category or the results of a search, you should see a link just above the listings that says show images:

Click it, and what do you know? A thumbnail image appears alongside each listing (where applicable). And if you mouse over that image, you'll immediately see a larger version:

This isn't perfect. The enlarged images aren't large enough for my liking, and the preview shows only one image, even if the listing has several. But it's still a major time-saver and a very easy way to preview what's "beneath" a Craigslist ad -- no browser extension required.

It probably goes without saying, but if you want to turn off this preview, just click hide images.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums.Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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