Support to Preview Extra File Types in Outlook 2007 or Vista

27 January, 2009 · less than a minute to read

Support to Preview Extra File Types in Outlook 2007 or Vista

If you use Outlook 2007 you probably already know that you can preview attachments from within Outlook. However, the built in support in fairly limited, being restricted to common types like office files, video and audio files.

However, this list is extensible using custom preview handlers. If you search on the internet for Outlook 2007 file previewers there's a lot of hits. I've just downloaded some sample ones from a MSDN magazine article. Now I can preview files such as xml and pdf from within Outlook without saving them to disk and then re-opening them.

There's more information at My Digital Life.

Windows Explorer in Vista can also take advantage of the same handlers if you turn on the Preview pane under Organize | Layout. I've now got this turned on and am finding it really useful as I generally have a lot of xml files which I need a quick look into.

So an example of previewing an xml file in Outlook is:

 

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Written by Richard Willis

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Richard started SalamanderSoft in 2007 after a successful career as a software developer. Wanting to start his own company and with experience in integrating school systems he set out to build the best integration system for schools and to exceed customer expectations. He starting out on his own, doing all the coding, support and sales until finally the growing number of customers meant he needed to start growing the team. He is still heavily involved in coding the core Integration Suite product in addition to running the company and being the first point of contact for prospective customers.

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