Saving a Workbook with a Preview

When you use the Open dialog box in Excel, you can configure what you see in the dialog box. One of the settings you can make is for Excel to display a preview of whatever workbook you select in the left side of the dialog box. (Click on the drop-down arrow next to the Views tool, then choose Preview.)

You may have already noticed that some of your workbooks do not have a preview available in the Open dialog box. If this is the case, and you want to have a preview available, you need to make sure that the workbook is saved with the preview enabled. If the workbook is loaded in Excel, follow these general steps:

  1. Click the Office button, click Prepare, and then click Properties. Excel displays an abbreviated set of properties just above your worksheet.
  2. Click the down-arrow next to Document Properties and choose Advanced Properties. Excel displays the Properties dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Summary tab is selected.
  4. Select the Save Thumbnails for All Excel Documents check box at the bottom of the dialog box.
  5. Click on OK to close the Properties dialog box.
  6. Save your workbook.

If you are using Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 the steps are slightly different, with the biggest difference being in how you display the Properties dialog box:

  1. Display the File tab of the ribbon.
  2. Make sure the Info option is selected at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Click the Properties link near the right side of the dialog box and then click Advanced Properties. Excel displays the Properties dialog box for your workbook.
  4. Make sure the Summary tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Summary tab of the Properties dialog box.

  6. Select the Save Thumbnails for All Excel Documents check box at the bottom of the dialog box.
  7. Click on OK to close the Properties dialog box.
  8. Save your workbook.

At this point you can close the workbook. Now when you display the Open dialog box, and you have the preview feature turned on, the workbook displays a preview in the dialog box.