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Quickview windows98.jpg
QuickView on Windows 98
Developer(s) Microsoft, Systems Compatibility Corporation[1][2]
Operating system Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
License Proprietary
Website (none)

QuickView is a file viewer application in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT operating systems. With some workarounds the viewer can be used to view practically any file.[3] However, starting with Windows 2000 and Windows Me, the utility is no longer present in the operating system line,.[4][5]

The software has been ported by third parties to support XP, Vista and 7.[6]

On 1995-04-03, InfoSoft International, Inc., announced the acquisition of Systems Compatibility Corporation,[7] and the renaming of InfoSoft International, Inc. to Inso Corporation.[8] Inso Corporation later developed Quick View Plus products.

Quick View Plus[edit]

Original author(s)

Inso Corporation (4-5.11)
JASC (end user version, 5-7)
Corel Corporation (7)
IntraNet Solutions, Inc. (1000+ license version)
Stellent, Inc. (Pocket PC, 8)

Avantstar, Inc. (8-12)

IntraNet Solutions, Inc. (6) (WinCE)
Inso Corporation (4-6) (WinCE)
Stellent, Inc. (6-8) (WinCE)

Avantstar, Inc. (7-12)
Operating system

Windows 3.1 (-4.5)
Windows NT 4.0 (4.0-8)
Windows 95 (4-8)
Windows 98 (5-8)
Windows Me (?-8)
Windows 2000 (8-)
Windows XP (8-12)
Windows Vista (10-)
Windows 7 (11-)

Windows CE
Website http://www.quickviewplus.com/

Quick View Plus is a commercial variant based on Inso Corporation (later IntraNet Solutions, Inc., Stellent Inc., Oracle)'s Outside In technology.[9][10]

The Windows 3.1 version of the product was originally named Outside In for Windows 3.1 before it was renamed to Quick View Plus for Windows 3.1.[11] The Outside In name was reused as the viewer engine for Quick View Plus products.

The distributor was later changed to Avantstar, Inc., founded by Stellent's close associates in 2001.[12]

Quick View Plus for UNIX[edit]

It is a version of Inso Corporation QVP supporting Sun Solaris for SPARC, HP-UX, IBM AIX.

Quick View Plus for Windows CE[edit]

It is a product for Windows CE, including Pocket PC 2002.[13][14][15][16]

Version history[edit]

Quick View Plus for Windows 3.1[edit]

Quick View Plus for Windows 95[edit]

It was released on 1995-09-30.[17]

Microsoft Word file viewer Plug-in for Netscape Navigator 2.0 was released on 1996-02-07.[18]


It was released on 1996-11-11.[19]

New file formats include: WordPerfect 7, Quattro Pro 7, Freelance 96 for Windows 95, Novell PerfectWorks 2.0, Corel Presentations, LZH archive.

It supports integration with:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0
  • Netscape Navigator 2.0 and higher
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Lotus Notes 4.0

New operating system support include Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0.

Microsoft Office 97 module was released on 1997-06-04,[20] which allows viewing and printing Microsoft Office 97 documents (Word 97, Excel 97).


It was released on 1997-08-13.[21]

New file formats include: Microsoft Word 97 and Excel 97, Lotus 1-2-3 97, Freelance 97, Portable Network Graphics

New file formats for Netscape Navigator plug-in include Adobe Acrobat, Apple QuickTime, AVI Player, Corel CMX, Shockwave Director, Softsource DWG.

New application integration include Microsoft Outlook 97, Eudora for Windows 95 and NT 4.0, and Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows 3.1.


It was released in 1998.[22]

New and improved integration includes support for Outlook 98, Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Exchange, Netscape Navigator, Netscape Communicator 5, Eudora 4, America Online, Lotus Notes, Lotus cc:Mail 8.1, Norton Navigator, and Spry Mosaic. Support for additional file formats include Microsoft PowerPoint 97 files, Lotus Word Pro 96 and 97, and RTF 1.5.


File format support was increased to over 200.


File format support was increased to over 225.


Quick View Plus Enterprise Edition was released on 2000-06-07.[23]

New features include:[24]

  • QuickCompress: QuickView Plus can now compress any combination of files and folders, allowing you to create new ZIP files or add to existing ZIP archive files
  • Auto Zip Email attachments: QuickView Plus can now be configured to automatically compress files overs a specified size when sending attachments via Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes
  • New file navigation pane: QuickView Plus now provides an explorer-like navigation interface. It emulates your directory structure and allows to quickly see the contents of folders by merely scrolling through a display of individual files. For zip files, an additional pane displays the list of files in archive, with a view of each individual file displayed in a separate pane
  • New software integration: Adobe Acrobat 4.x Reader, Lotus Notes 5, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5, Microsoft Outlook 2000, Microsoft Outlook Express 5.0, Netscape Communicator 4.5/4.6/4.7
  • New format support: Adobe PhotoShop 4(PSD), AutoCAD (DXF versions 12,13,14), Corel Draw (Versions 6-8), Corel Perfect Office 2000, Just Systems Ichitaro (Versions 5 & 6), Kodak FlashPix, Micrografx Designer, Microsoft Office 2000 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Microsoft Project (Text view), Outlook Message (MSG), Progressive JPEG, Microsoft Visio (Preview)


Quick View Plus 8 was released on 2004-01-26.[25]

  • New software integration: AOL browser versions 7-9, CC:Mail 8.5, Eudora Pro 6, Lotus Notes Client R6, Microsoft Outlook Express 6, Microsoft Outlook 2003, Netscape 7
  • New format support: Microsoft Office 2003 (Word, PowerPoint and Excel), Corel WordPerfect Office 11 (WordPerfect, Presentations and QuattroPro), Microsoft Project Files (2000, 2002 - text view only), AutoCAD files (2.5 through 2002)
  • Enhanced Features: Enhanced file navigator, ability to print full path name on documents, enhanced viewing and printing options for spreadsheet files


Minimum operating system was changed to Windows 2000.

New format support:[26]

  • native PDF
  • Adobe Acrobat 7
  • Microsoft Visio 2003
  • Microsoft Project 2003 (text only)
  • Microsoft Word 2004 (Mac)
  • Microsoft Excel 2004 (Mac)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2004 (Mac)
  • Corel WordPerfect 12
  • Corel QuattroPro 12
  • Corel Presentations 12
  • Star Office Writer 6.x, 7.x, and 8 (text only)
  • Star Office Impress 6.x, 7.x and 8
  • Star Office Calc 6.x, 7.x and 8 (text only)
  • XML (extracts text – ignores tags, attributes and values)
  • OpenOffice Writer 1.1 and 2 (text only)
  • OpenOffice Impress 1.1 and 2 (text only)
  • OpenOffice Calc 1.1 and 2 (text only)
  • Yahoo! Instant Messenger archive support
  • Hangul 2002
  • Ichitaro 11, 12, 13 and 2004

New software integration:

  • Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • Adobe Acrobat 7
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5
  • Lotus Notes 6.5 and 7
  • Netscape 8.1
  • Eudora Mail 7.0

Quick View Plus 9 Enhanced Features

  • Improved response time viewing attachments within Microsoft Outlook
  • Continuous section breaks in MS Word files
  • Bi-Di text (Arabic/Hebrew) improvements
  • Anti-aliasing for improved graphics view
  • PowerPoint bullets support


It was released on 2008-08-05.[27]

  • New format support: Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Corel WordPerfect X3, Corel QuattroPro X3, Corel Presentations X3, OpenOffice Writer 2, StarOffice Writer 8, OpenOffice Impress 2, StarOffice Impress 8, .MSG and .PST.
  • New software integration: Mozilla Firefox 2, Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.

New supported operating system includes Windows Vista.


Standard Edition was released on 2010-08-09.[28] It adds support for following products:

  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit version)
  • Microsoft Office 2010 file formats (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • New and expanded file format support including Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint), IBM Lotus Symphony 1.2, Lotus Notes DXL, PDF 1.7, AutoCAD 2005, 2006 and 2007 (with limitations); RAR and JAR files
  • Ability to view .PST and .OST files over 2GB;
  • Support for Microsoft Office 2007 charts
  • Adobe Acrobat 9
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 and Mozilla Firefox 3.5

New Windows and Microsoft Outlook integration include:

  • Ability to view files directly in the Preview Pane within Windows Explorer for Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista users.
  • Direct viewing of attachments within Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Professional Edition was released on 2010-08-09.[29] It adds with third-party program integration, metadata view, auto search, Microsoft Project Gantt chart support over standard edition.

64-bit versions were released on 2011-03-08.[30] It supports 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Outlook 2010.


Standard Edition was released on 2012-01-30.[31] It adds support for viewing and printing of 32 file formats including:

  • Adobe PDF (Package and Portfolio)
  • AutoCAD (2010, 2009 and 2008)
  • Corel WordPerfect X4
  • Open Office 3

Professional Edition was released on 2012-01-30,[32] which adds following to Standard Edition:

  • Viewing file metadata
  • Working with highlighted searching
  • Using Auto Search
  • Viewing Microsoft Project Gantt chart
  • Viewing tracked changes in Microsoft Word documents
  • Viewing hidden rows, columns, and cells in spreadsheets
  • Viewing speakers notes in Microsoft PowerPoint files
  • Running Quick View Plus from a command line

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Navigation
  2. ^ Ottawa PC Users Vol. 13 No.5 June 1996 - Product review Quick View Plus for Windows 95
  3. ^ "Use QuickView with any file.". Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  4. ^ "QuickView Command Is Missing from Windows 2000". Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  5. ^ Myles White (2000-09-07). "MS Windows Millennium Edition". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  6. ^ Amir Syahrani. "Great Windows Explorer Tools". 
  7. ^ InfoSoft International, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Systems Compatibility Corporation
  8. ^ Infosoft International, Inc. Announces Name Change
  9. ^ Oracle Outside In Technology
  10. ^ "QuickView Plus website". Archived from the original on 2006-06-22. Retrieved 2006-06-25. 
  11. ^ Inso Corporation Changes Outside In for Windows 3.1 to Quick View Plus® for Windows 3.1
  12. ^ IN RE STELLENT, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION 326 F.Supp.2d 970 (2004) In re STELLENT, INC. SECURITIES LITIGATION, No. CIV.03-4384(RHK/AJB). United States District Court, D. Minnesota. July 23, 2004.
  13. ^ Inso Corporation Announces Quick View Plus(R) for Windows CE.
  14. ^ INSO CORPORATION ANNOUNCES QUICK VIEW PLUS® FOR WINDOWS CE - Inso’s Industry-Leading Viewing Technology Provides Mobile Computer Users with Access to Their Critical Business Files Any Time, Any Where
  15. ^ STELLENT INTRODUCES QUICK VIEW PLUS FOR MICROSOFT WINDOWS-POWERED POCKET PC 2002-BASED DEVICES Quick View Plus for Windows CE enables content viewing on the Pocket PC 2002
  16. ^ Stellent Technology Selected by Casio for New CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300.
  17. ^ Inso Corporation Introduces Quick View Plus®, Most Advanced File Viewing and Management Capabilities for Windows 95
  18. ^ Inso Corporation Delivers Microsoft Word File Viewer Plug-in for Netscape Navigator 2.0
  19. ^ Inso Corporation Announces New Version of Quick View Plus®
  20. ^ Inso Corporation's Quick View Plus® Now Supports Microsoft Office 97 File Formats
  21. ^ Inso Announces Quick View Plus 4.5, a New Version of the Industry Leading File-viewing and Information-sharing Utility
  22. ^ QuickView Plus 5.0 Increases Viewing Pleasure
  23. ^ INSO LAUNCHES QUICK VIEW PLUS VERSION 6.0 - Extends Product Beyond File Viewing to Include File Compression and File Management
  24. ^ ActiveWin: QuickView Plus 6.0 Enterprise Edition - review
  25. ^ Avantstar Expands Instant File Access with Quick View Plus 8
  26. ^ Quick View Plus 9: What’s New
  27. ^ Avantstar Announces General Availability of Quick View Plus 10
  28. ^ Avantstar Introduces First Professional Edition of Quick View Plus® Software for Legal Community; Provides Native File Review without Original Application Software
  29. ^ Avantstar Introduces First Professional Edition of Quick View Plus® Software for Legal Community; Provides Native File Review without Original Application Software
  30. ^ Avantstar’s Quick View Plus® 11 File Viewing Software Now Available as 64-bit Application for the First Time
  31. ^ Enhanced Avantstar Quick View Plus® Standard Edition File-Viewing Software Boosts Expanded File-Format Support
  32. ^ Avantstar Expands Quick View Plus® Professional Edition File Viewing Software to Unlock Hidden Content