File Previewers for Outlook

What are File Previewers?

File previewers allow you to view attachments in Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2007 without opening the attachments in a separate window. You simply click the attachment icon in the Reading Pane to preview the file. When you install Outlook 2007, several file previewers are included automatically. Additional file previewers are available for download from this site.

Note: File previewers also allow you to preview files in Windows Explorer on Microsoft Windows Vista.

File Previewers Installed with Microsoft Office

File previewers that come with the 2007 Microsoft Office system allow you to preview the following files in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 items.

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 documents.

  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentations.

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007 worksheets.

  • Microsoft Office Visio 2007 drawings.

  • Images and text files.

Additional File Previewers you can download

The XPS Essentials Pack for Windows Vista and Windows XP contains the necessary file previewer for viewing .xps files in Outlook 2007. Download the XPS Essentials Pack for free at the Microsoft Download Center.

Read more information on attachment previewing.

If you’re a developer and you want to write a preview handler for Outlook 2007 and Windows Vista, click here to find information on MSDN.

Applies To: Outlook 2007

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