How Do I Preview Content in My Web Browser

When sending or receiving share links, or when working in the web portal, you can quickly view dozens of file types without leaving the Anchor web browser. Using AXIS Cloud Sync’s fully integrated Web Preview tool, you can access advanced viewing functionality without downloading content or navigating away from the system.

You can use the Web Preview tool to:

  • Preview share links in a web browser—the Web Preview tool allows you to preview content sent through share links. When a recipient clicks to open a share link, he or she will have the option to view the item on the web without needing to download the shared content.
  • Preview content when working in the web portal—with the Web Preview tool, you can preview your own content from the web portal without needing to download it to a local machine. This feature is particular useful in situations when you only want to store and manage Team Share content in the web portal, rather than sync it down to a registered agent.

In these ways, the Web Preview tool delivers significant value, as it reduces storage and bandwidth requirements, and enhances collaboration options between internal and external colleagues.

Coming Soon: Future releases of the Web Preview tool will include watermarking, redactions, annotations, and e-sign.


Content can be viewed within the fully integrated Web Preview tool, which is supported in all AXIS Cloud Sync-supported operating systems and web browsers. For supported file types, please reference the Supported Formats section below.

How to Use the Web Preview Tool to View Shared Content

To view shared content using the Web Preview tool:

  1. When you receive a share link, whether it was generated from the web portal or through the Outlook add-in, you can simply click the link to launch the file.

    The file will launch in your default web browser.

  2. In the web browser, click the file name to view the file in the Web Preview tool.
    The file will open in the fully integrated Web Preview tool.
  3. Use advanced functionality to preview the file, as outlined in the Advanced Functionality section below.

How to Use the Web Preview Tool in the Web Portal

To use the Web Preview tool in the web portal:

  1. In the Files tab of the web portal, navigate to the file that you want to view.
  2. Right-click the file and select View; or, simply click the title of the file.

    The file will open in the fully integrated Web Preview tool.

  3. Use advanced functionality to view the file, as outlined in the Advanced Functionality section below.

Advanced Functionality

View Functionality

Click the View link to access advanced viewing options.

 1. Click the Thumbnail button to see a list of all pages in the file.
 2. Click the Magnifier button, and then drag your cursor, to see a close-up view of a specific area in the file.
 3. Click the Rectangle Zoom button to zoom into a specific area in the file.
 4. Click the Rotate Document button to rotate the entire file clockwise.
 5. Click the Rotate Page button to rotate the current page clockwise.
 6. Click the Zoom Out button to zoom out from the page.
 7. Click the Zoom In button to zoom in to the page.

Search Functionality

Click the Search link to access advanced search options.

 1. Enter your term in the Searchfield.
 2. Optionally, click a Field Search check box to search for specific categories of information.
3. Optionally, use the Parameter buttons to customize your search, including:

  • Match an exact word or phrase
  • Match a letter case
  • Find whole words
  • Find words that begin with certain characters
  • Find words that end with certain characters
  • Utilize wildcard search (*matches one or more characters; ? matches one character)

Cursor tools

Use the cursor tools to highlight text or adjust your page view.

 1. Click the Select button to highlight and copy text.
 2. Click the Pan Tool button to adjust your view of the file.

File and Image Formats

Document Formats

DOC Microsoft Word binary files
DOCX Microsoft Word Open XML files
XLS Microsoft Excel binary files
XLSX Microsoft Excel Open XML files
PPT Microsoft PowerPoint binary files
PPTX Microsoft PowerPoint Open XML files
RTF Rich Text Format
CSV Comma Separated
ODT OpenOffice Document
ODS OpenOffice Spreadsheet
ODP OpenOffice Presentation
And more! Many other older document formats

Web Formats

HTML HTML files with embedded images
SVG Scalable Vector Graphics

Medical Image Files

DCM Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) image

Email Formats

EML Email (with attachments)
MSG Email (with attachments)

Other Formats

TXT Text files

CAD Formats

DGN Support for V7 and V8 DGN (including V8 XM and V8I)
DWG Version 2.5 through 2014
DXF Version 2.5 through 2014

Image Formats

TIFF TIFF (all compression types)
JP2 JPEG2000
GIF Graphics Interchange Format
PNG Portable Network Graphics
RAS Sun Raster Image [.ras]
DIB Device Independent Bitmap
BMP Device Independent Bitmap
PSD Adobe Photoshop
PCT Apple Graphics
PCD Kodak Photo CD
WMF Windows Metafile
EMF Enhanced Metafile
TGA Targa
And more! Many other formats