Two interesting facts you should be aware of with regards to the thumbnail and PowerPoint preview feature – for those of you don’t know this – take a look at the screenshot below.
For Word documents a preview will be generated of the first page – for PowerPoint files you get a scrolling view of your slides.
- You can actually get the thumbnail and PowerPoint previews to work without having to install FAST Search Server 2010 - the API’s used for generating the thumbnails and the PowerPoint previews are the Office Mobile PowerPoint Web Handler Protocol and the Office Mobile Word Web Handler Protocol, both included with Office Web Apps, this API works for for doc, docx, ppt and pptx files (Office 97-2010 formats) – Mikael actually describes how to do this – Document Thumbnails and PowerPoint Preview for your search results without installing FAST for SharePoint
- The thumbnail and Powerpoint preview feature only works for PowerPoint files and Word documents which are stored in SharePoint. If you are indexing external Office documents it will not work.