I want to get my preview panel in the position that is shown in shot 1. When I go to the window's menu and click 'preview' in shot 2, I don't get the check mark to the left of 'preview.' When I do click 'preview' in the window's menu, the result is shot 3 with the preview panel bordered with white.Also, the RAM icon is not shown in my preview panel. If it's necessary, I'm learning how to make a simple cartoon and I'm using a basic workflow.Thanks.
First, please don't scale down your screenshots. We can't read them. Just take a screenshot and drag it into the reply field on this forum. That's all there is to it.
Second, you are looking at two different versions of AE and the UI is different. The Preview Panel has changed. What are you trying to do that you can't do? You have not docked the preview panel to the UI. If you want to see it just reset your workspace or better yet pick the workspace that best suits your task. Standard is a good place to start.