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Preview Word Documents without Opening them

If you have a folder with many Word documents, this tip will come in handy, especially when you don't remember which file had the contents.

1. Open Microsoft Word.
2. Go to File >> Open. Navigate to the directory which has the word documents.
3. Select 'Preview' from the Views dropdown menu in the top-right of the dialog box. (See image below)

Preview Word Document without opening the file
4. Select a word file from the directory. You can see the preview in the right pane without the need to open the file.

Preview Word Document without opening
Tested on Windows XP with Office 2003. Enjoy!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, June 17, 2009