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Is there any way to preview odt files in Windows Explorer?

asked 2017-09-03 21:00:19 +0200

Aviivix gravatar image

I've seen this asked a few times but each had some extra situation that I don't have so I'm going to make a new post.

I use Libre Office for a lot of writing stuff, and I save things just as default odt. I still have the preview icons and sometimes I can go off of those when searching, but they are way too small for me to skim through tons of documents trying to find a certain one. I'm on Windows 10 and Version 5.0.3.2. I've already saved almost 300 documents, so switching to a different saving method is out of the question and would take way too long.

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answered 2017-09-03 21:14:13 +0200

Mike Kaganski gravatar image

There is no (and never was) such feature in LibreOffice (Or OpenOffice.org). Also, it is unlikely to happen soon - there's no one working on such a feature. If something exists, it must be some external tool. See also here.

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answered 2018-04-15 19:24:00 +0200

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I had the same problem. I finally figured out that I had to have an instance of MS Word open and then I could preview .odt files in explorer.

Then, for some reason, that stopped working. I was stumped until I tried creating a LibreOffice document as administrator. That worked for me. I can now view .odt files in explorer. I am using Windows 7

By the way, I have no issues viewing .odt files on my Windows 10 machine

I hoped that helped anyone else who is having the same issues. I like the preview because I don't have to open file up to see whats on it.

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