Preview Pane, doc, docx, xlsx - by other than MS Office?

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    Preview Pane, doc, docx, xlsx - by other than MS Office?


    Hi, in order to see a preview of document formats other than the default types supported by Windows, a preview handler is needed. PDF readers often supply one for .pdf's; MS Office does for office document types.

    Do you know of any other office-type program that provides a preview handler for office file types? (doc, docx etc)
    I know where I'd expect to find these from the registry.

    Examples that don't:
    WPS Office, Libre Office, Atlantis Word Processor.

    Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 35,498
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    Thanks - sadly again, no preview, so I'll have to toss the fish back in. Ashampoo did an Office suite too.. but that's Softmaker too- then there's Open Office.. but maybe MS Office is the only one that provides preview handlers.

    The old Office Compatibility pack doesn't help either.
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    dalchina said:
    Thanks - sadly again, no preview, so I'll have to toss the fish back in. Ashampoo did an Office suite too.. but that's Softmaker too- then there's Open Office.. but maybe MS Office is the only one that provides preview handlers.

    The old Office Compatibility pack doesn't help either.
    @dalchina

    Check this out, don't know if it'll help but, look it over anyway...

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/win...review-handler
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  5. Posts : 35,498
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    Thanks Edwin, already have that one. The problem is I don't have the preview handler files. I believe I know how the registry is structured in this respect. Perhaps only MS Office provides one, but that's now not downloadable without a key it seems.

    It's just a minor thing- I dislike the inconsistency, plus a matter of curiosity. I understand the New menu and can construct that using my own templates, know how the check box in Open With can disappear, and can even build a standard Recovery partition from scratch.

    Example: for pdf
    pdf:

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.pdf\shellex\{e357fccd-a995-4576-b01f-234630154e96}

    -> {e357fccd-a995-4576-b01f-234630154e96}

    and
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{3D331846-CC43-42AE-BFF9-D914083C2BA3}
    => 3 keys related to preview and an AppID

    and
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{3D381846-CC43-42AE-BFF9-D914083CZBA3}\InProcServer32
    points to a dll

    However even if I were to replicate just that, my guess would be that a lot of the rest of the rendering features of, say, Word would actually be used in constructing the preview.

    That is, the only way to get one is to have a program installed that provides one- and I don't know of anything else that does for xlsx, docx etc... at least, I'm assuming Office does!
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    Bummer! QTTabBar doesn't work either.

    Preview Pane, doc, docx, xlsx - by other than MS Office?-000039.png

    Any discussion about it on Libre forums?
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  7. Posts : 35,498
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    Oh yes, question has been asked for years. I've not tried Open Office- I assume that's similar. I can't actually find references to the preview for docx, doc, and more generally, except for its absence or problems related to Office and it not being shown.
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    Not a preview pane (handler) but you can get space bar previews for .docx (but not .doc) files and some other formats using Seer.

    Seer file preview - install plugins Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    If interested:

    Seer - Browse Files at SourceForge.net

    Preview Pane, doc, docx, xlsx - by other than MS Office?-pandoc.jpg
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  9. Posts : 35,498
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    Thanks, yes, there are various universal viewers of that sort... I just hoped that one of the Office lookalike /alternative suites might have implemented it. As I said, more curiosity about filling the gaps.. content indexing of docx and other Office formats is easy to resolve; I have New entries for Office file types - why not the Preview Pane? Guess it's not of so much interest..
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  10. Posts : 5,208
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    From what I can remember you only get the preview pane handlers in MS Office.

    I remember using MS Office Free Starter Edition and getting previews but it doesn't work on Windows 10.

    FYI:

    I've used:
    Apache OpenOfice
    LibreOffice
    JartePlus
    SSOffice
    KingsoftOffice (old)
    WPSOffice
    MobiSystems Office

    None of them included a preview handler.
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