How To Preview Zip Files, PDF Files or Additional Files in Outlook 2007?

2007 has a handy preview tool that will allow you to preview documents (Word, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) from within the mail message, however it lacks the inbuilt ability to preview several popular file formats such as zip files, files, programming source code files and so on.

Microsoft Outlook Zip File Preview

The lack of previewers for some of the most popular file types was something I could not live with long, with the help of two Outlook add-ins I can now preview Zip files, PDF files and many other file formats from within Outlook.

The Vista and Office 2007 Preview Handler Pack is a must have add-in for programmers, it allows users to preview several popular programming source files from within outlook. This preview pack includes support for ActionScript (.as), ASPX (.aspx), C# (.cs), CSS (.css), Diff (.diff, .patch), DOS (.bat, .cmd), JavaScript (.js), Ruby (.rb, .rhtml, .rjs), SQL (.sql) and VB (.vb) files.

Another add-in that may interest all users is the sample previewers from MSDN, it adds support for several popular files formats including ZIP, PDF, XML, MSI, BIN, CSV, XPS, and XAML files. Download sample previewers from MSDN.

Hope these add-ins help solve a major problem for many of Outlook 2007 users. If you use any other preview tools, don’t forget to tell us about them.

2 thoughts on “How To Preview Zip Files, PDF Files or Additional Files in Outlook 2007?”

  1. HI! I have several PCs that came with an OEM-only version Office 2007 (Basic), which does NOT have Powerpoint. Users cannot preview any .ppt files they get in Outlook 2007. I cannot seem to locate the Powerpoint preview handler so they can see the .ppt in Outlook. The FREE Powerpoint Viewer will open the .ppt but does not seem to include the preview handler. Open for suggestions!

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