Previewing Your Files

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 9, 2014)

Drive provides two different ways you can preview your files without really opening them. The first method provides just a thumbnail preview of the files; all you need to do is click the Switch to Grid button near the upper-right corner of the browser window. This displays all your files as thumbnails, which may be sufficient for many previewing purposes. (You can learn more about Grid view over on this tip.)

The other way to preview your files comes in handy if you need to see more detail than the Grid view provides. All you need to do is select the files you want to preview (click the check box to the left of the file names for those files) and the click the Preview button. (The button looks like a small, stylized eye that appears above the file list when you select the first file to preview.) (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. The Preview button looks like an eye.

Preview fills your screen with the contents of the file. If you selected multiple files before you clicked the Preview button, then you can move between those files by clicking the left and right arrows that appear at the left and right sides of the screen. When you are done using Preview, just press Esc or click the X at the upper-right corner of the preview.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Making Bookmarks Bold

Do you want an easy way to see all the bookmarks in your document? Word provides a way to make them visible, or you can use ...

Discover More

Reversing a String

Need to reverse all the characters in a string? You can do so by using the function described in this tip.

Discover More

Detecting an Open Dialog Box

Macros can be used to perform all sorts of tasks within Word. Some tasks can even occur at whatever time interval you desire. ...

Discover More
More DriveTips

Limiting which File Types You See in Drive

Overwhelmed with the number of files displayed on your screen when using Drive? Here's a handy way you can limit what is ...

Discover More

Working with Text Files

One of the most plain-vanilla types of files you can store in Drive is a text file. Here's how to work with the content of ...

Discover More

Getting a File Count

Want to know how many files you've got stored in Drive or in a folder or two? There is no built-in tool to get the info, but ...

Discover More
Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 6 + 0?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)