If you are anything like me and have to wade through a lot of PowerPoint or other Office files to find what you’re looking for, being able to see a preview of what is actually in the file can be super helpful. Think art gallery versus card catalog. (If you’re not old enough to know what a card catalog is you can find out here.)

For a little context, here is what a pile of PowerPoint files look like without the preview image.

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And for comparison, here is what they look like with a preview image. Much nicer don’t you think?

Personally, I prefer having this super helpful visual cue, so I always want to make sure to save a Preview Picture. Fortunately, it is a super-duper quick and easy thing to do.

How to Save a Preview Picture for Your PowerPoint Files

(This also works for Word and other Office files)

  1. From the File menu, go to Info » Properties and click Advanced Properties

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  2. On the Summary tab check the Save Preview Picture box.

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  3. Click OK and after saving you should see your preview image the Windows File Explorer.

NOTE: I’ve found that the preview image might not display if your file is in a folder being synced with a file storage service like Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.