How to preview a file in Word before opening it

Do you sometimes find yourself wanting to take a peek at a file you are about to open in Word?   Maybe you are looking for a specific file and you know what’s in it but you are not sure of the name.   Rather than open and the close several files before you find the right one, why not preview the files first so you can open the one you want.

In the Open dialog box at the top right of the window is a Preview button.  Click on it to display the Preview pane and then select a file.  Each file you select will be displayed in the Preview pane.

The preview pane takes up quite a bit of space in the Open dialog box so I usually turn it off (by clicking on the Preview button) when I am finished.

Windows Explorer and the Insert File dialog box in Outlook also have the Preview button.

Any questions, please let me know.