No Preview Pane display of text files PF 8.3.8

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18 Jan, 2019 07:16 AM

Display of text file contents disappeared with PF 8.3.7 (I think) and did not return with 8.3.8. PDF, JPG, ODT and other formats still display a partial page in the Preview Pane but not TXT files. Please bring it back. Selecting a TXT file and pressing the space bar pops up a preview using BBEdit (my default text editor) but I can't quickly scroll up and down a PF window watching the PF preview pane for the correct file.


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 19 Jan, 2019 03:33 PM

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    Hi Wally, 

    Would you like to follow the instructions below and check if the issue still persists? 

    1. Delete Path Finder and its traces according to the article:
    2. Download the latest version of the app from our site
    3. Launch Path Finder and move it to the Apps folder as the app suggests

    Let me know how it goes. 

    Best Regards, 
    Path Finder Support Team 

  2. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 19 Jan, 2019 03:33 PM.

  3. Wally Merrin re-opened this discussion on 20 Jan, 2019 02:29 AM

  4. 2 Posted by Wally Merrin on 20 Jan, 2019 02:29 AM

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    Hi Jordan...

    I followed your instructions below, rebooting after deleting files, but
    it did not change anything; the text file problem is still there. 
    However, there may be a difference between the PF6/7 instructions at
    your link and PF8 - I tried to be careful and not miss anything but when
    I reloaded the fresh PF8 my license key was automatically detected and
    validated, so something was still in there.

    I have noticed one other change that showed up at the same time the
    preview went away - there is now a check box for text files in the
    preview pane for "Enable editing" that I don't believe used to be
    there.  Checking it does not enable the "Save" button next to it, does
    not add "w" to Permissions and does nothing for my problem.  The problem
    only seems to affect text files (at least that's all I have noticed so
    far); other file formats seem to be ok.  I was unable to add this
    response to my original post since the thread has been closed.

    Thanks anyway,

  5. Support Staff 3 Posted by Path Finder Sup... on 20 Jan, 2019 02:05 PM

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    Hi Wally,

    Thanks for the additional details! And for trying all the suggested steps. 

    I'm submitting this issue to our developers now, they will further investigate it and, hopefully, fix it at some point. 

    Sorry for the inconvenience. Please feel free to write us back and we will be happy to assist you.

    Best Regards,
    Path Finder Support Team

  6. Path Finder Support Team closed this discussion on 20 Jan, 2019 02:05 PM.

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