New document previews enhance the Cloud Search experience

What’s changing 

We're introducing document previews for Cloud Search, allowing users to preview search results before opening the file. With this capability, you can be more confident about the link you are clicking on by getting a sneak peek into the document and avoid clicking on non-relevant results. 

Who’s impacted 

Admins and end users 

Why it’s important 

Document previews give users a snapshot of documents in the search results page without having to open the link. This feature is particularly useful when trying to distinguish between documents with similar titles — now, users can feel more confident they’re opening the most relevant results. 

Previews are available for most of the popular document formats such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, PDF, Microsoft Word documents and more. Note that users can only preview documents that they have access to. 

Getting started 

  • Admins: This feature will be OFF by default and can be enabled at the domain, search application, or data source level. To learn more about document previews, including preconditions and limitations, refer to our developer documentation for thumbnails
  • End users: There is no end user action required.

Rollout pace 

  • This feature is available now.


  • Available to Google Cloud Search Customers