Document Preview extends and leverages SharePoint document management capabilities by embedding pure HTML viewers for dozens of file formats into SharePoint document libraries and SharePoint Search centers.


Graphical preview of the document content

Dozens of the supported file types

Extended preview panes and navigation controls

Floating Stickers

Highest security level

Support for SharePoint 2010, 2013 and 2016

SharePoint Online is not supported

Three preview modes

Scrollable multipage preview integrated into standard SharePoint Preview pane


Quick preview

Move mouse over preview icon to open Quick Preview


Full preview

Click on the preview icon to open Full preview

Supported File Formats
  • Acrobat files (.pdf)
  • Microsoft Word
    • Open XML File Format Document (.docx)
    • Open XML File Format Document with code (.docm)
    • Open XML File Format Template (.dotx)
    • Open XML File Format Template with code (.dotm)
    • Word 97-2003 Document (.doc)
    • Word 97-2003 Template (.dot)
    • Rich Text Format files (.rtf)
    • Single File Web Pages (.mht, .mhtml)
  • Text files (.txt)
  • Web pages
  • Email messages (.msg, .eml)
  • Microsoft Excel
    • Excel Workbook (.xlsx)
    • Excel Workbook with code (.xlsm)
    • Excel Template (.xltx)
    • Excel Template with code (.xltm)
    • Excel 97- Excel 2003 Workbook (.xls)
    • Excel 97- Excel 2003 Template (.xlt)
    • Comma delimited (.csv)
    • Microsoft Excel 5.0/95 Workbook (.xls)
  • Image files
    • Bitmap (.bmp)
    • Extended Windows Metafile (.emf)
    • Exchangeable Image Information (.exif)
    • Graphic Interchange Format (.gif)
    • Icon (.ico)
    • JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg)
    • Portable Network Graphic (.png)
    • Photoshop Format (.psd)
    • Tagged Image Format File (.tif, .tiff)
    • Windows Metafile (.wmf)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)
    • PowerPoint Presentation with code (.pptm)
  • InfoPath web-enabled forms
  • CAD Files (.dwg, .dxf)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)
  • Microsoft Visio
    • Visio Drawing (.vsd)
    • Visio Drawing XML File (.vdx)
    • Shapeware Visio Smartshapes File (.vss)
    • Visio Template (.vst)
    • Visio Template XML File (.vtx)
    • XML for Visio Stencil File (.vsx)
  • Requires Web Extension
  • Requires Photoshop Extension
  • Requires CAD Extension
  • Requires Visio Extension
Document Preview vs. Office Online Server
  Document Preview Office Online Server
Installation Realized as standard SharePoint wsp, installed on the SharePoint front-end server. Requires its own server and cannot be installed on the same machine with SharePoint
Supported formats Word, Excel, PowerPoint and dozens other formats like PDF, InfoPath, web pages, Visio, CAD, etc. Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Preview generation Creates preview in background, saves link to the preview in the item field. When user clicks on the preview icon, previously prepared preview image is displayed immediately. Creates preview "on-fly". It is time and system resources consuming process:
  • User requests SharePoint for preview
  • SharePoint sends request to Office Online Server
  • Office Online Server requests SP2016 for the document content, converts the content to image format and returns preview image(s) to SharePoint
  • SharePoint returns preview image to the end-user
User Interface Three preview modes, navigation between pages and documents in the current view from the preview pane. One preview mode, no navigation between documents from the preview pane
Edit in browser Not supported in the Standalone Mode. Available in the Mixed Mode with Office Online Server. Supported, but you must purchase an editing license to use the editing features of Office Online Server with SharePoint 2016.
Stickers Supported Not Supported

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Document Preview
Covers one SharePoint WFE server.
Document Preview
Covers unlimited number of SharePoint WFE servers in the same AD domain


Quick Mode
Full Mode
Integrated Mode