Display a thumbnail of Word and PowerPoint files in Windows Explorer

I like to see a thumbnail of the first page of a Word document or the title slide of a PowerPoint slide deck in Windows Explorer.

With Microsoft Word, you can check the Save Thumbnail checkbox in the Save As dialog box to create the thumbnail:
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In Microsoft PowerPoint, this feature is a bit more hidden. You can find it in the Advanced Properties: Click File > Info, click on the Properties heading on the right-hand side and click Advanced Properties:
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In the dialog box, click on the Summary tab. There you can check Save preview picture:
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Now save the file and the thumbnail will be visible in Windows Explorer.

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Fix for PDF-thumbnail on 64-bit Windows 8

After my upgrade to Windows 8, PDF’s no longer showed as thumbnails in Windows Explorer. The small utility at http://www.pretentiousname.com/adobe_pdf_x64_fix/index.html fixed that.

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