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On, or soon after February 24, 2017, iSpartan Google Drive users will be able to preview Microsoft Office password-protected files.

Google Drive contains a file preview functionality.  Users can see the contents of a file without opening the file. Users whose Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations were password-protected were previously unable to be previewed.

Following the enhancement, iSpartan users who wish to preview a password-protected Microsoft Office document stored in Google Drive will be prompted for the password.  Upon successful entry of the file’s password, the user will see a read-only preview of the file’s contents.


Animation that shows how to enter a password into a preview file for a Microsoft document in Google


Read the announcement on G Suite Update blog: Preview password-protected files in Google Drive

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