You can do that by turning off that the note edit panel is the central widget in the Panel settings.
Then best create a new workspace "Preview only" my clicking Window / Workspace / Add new workspace in the main menu. You will be able to switch between different panel layouts.
Afterwards you can turn off the note edit panel in the Window / Panels menu.
Keep in mind that you can move around all panels as you like by clicking Window / Unlock panels in the main menu. You can also resize all panels to fit your needs.