Paul Wherly

How to preview attachments in Outlook 2013

How to preview attachments in Outlook 2013

How often do you want to see the content of a document attached to an email without actually opening the document? Or perhaps you have been sent several documents and you are not sure which one to open? Now you can preview attachments in Outlook before deciding whether to open them or not.

Preview an attachment

preview an attachment to see if you want to open it

Figure – preview an attachment to see if you want to open it

Click on the attachment in the message.

The first time you preview a document you will see the message above warning you that you may not see the whole file. If you are happy then click Preview File.

The file is previewed in the email

file opens indise the emal in Outlook

Figure – file opens inside the email in Outlook

A copy of the file opens up inside the email and you can then decide whether to open it in full.

Open the attachment


Figure – open the attachment as normal

To open the attachment Right Click on the attachment and then select Open.

To close the preview


Figure – click back on the email to close the preview

Click on the Email Header in the email list and the preview will close.


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Shelley Fishel

This topic has been taken from my free eBook on Microsoft Outlook 2013 which can be downloaded here:


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