Box Drive should preview files in windows explorer or Finder
There is a feature in Windows Explorer that allows you to enable a preview pane that previews the contents of files inside of the explorer window. This does not work on files that are in Box Drive even for files that have been opened before.
This is a feature we would love to get to, but unfortunately it is not on our short term roadmap. Please continue adding your feedback!
I think this will never be a feature in Windows because the preview handler requires the physical file to be present then asks the relevant application to generate a preview from that file. Box Drive would need to be downloading each file first, and that seems unlikely and slow.
The alternative would be Box making a separate utility that can generate file previews from the files stored on their server, then presenting the user with that preview. It would probably only be available for select file types though, but even previews for just .pdfs, Office files, .txt files etc would be a huge improvement.
This is a major shortcoming. I rely on this extensively as I'm sure others do, and not having it inherently increases the amount of time it takes to find a given file. Box is not feasible as a replacement for a network server, but that's what we are stuck with.
I have had multiple customer requests for this feature, please revisit if possible!
Daniel Feodoroff commented
FYI, update Box Drive to FPE Drive and Quick Look for files is supported 🥳
Okay. It is 2021. Please put it on the list of things to do. Thank you much.
This seems like an obvious failure for BOX drive. This feature is commonplace in other cloud services and was even available with BOX sync. Not being able to quickly preview files and being forced to open them to see their contents (especially image-based files) is a real setback to efficiency and productivity. PLEASE REVISIT THIS SUGGESTION.