How to Enable PowerShell (.PS1) Script Text Previews in Explorer Preview Pane?

By default File Explorer Preview pane displays text previews for .reg, .bat and .cmd file types, but not for .ps1 (PowerShell scripts). Here is a registry edit that enables text preview for .ps1 file type in File Explorer Preview pane.

Download, unzip and run the enclosed registry file.

Note: Make sure that the option Show preview handlers in preview pane is enabled in Folder Options, View tab.

Registry File Contents

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.ps1\ShellEx\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}] @="{1531d583-8375-4d3f-b5fb-d23bbd169f22}"

For Vbscript and JScript files

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.vbs\ShellEx\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}] @="{1531d583-8375-4d3f-b5fb-d23bbd169f22}"
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.js\ShellEx\{8895b1c6-b41f-4c1c-a562-0d564250836f}] @="{1531d583-8375-4d3f-b5fb-d23bbd169f22}"

That’s it!

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

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