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. ...

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