File previews in Dropbox Paper

File previews allow you to to view a snapshot of the file without opening it. 

You’ll see a file preview if Dropbox supports your filetype and:

  • You add a link to the file (either from Dropbox or from another platform)
  • You drag and drop a file into a Paper doc 
  • You insert files manually 

You can preview any file in Paper that you can preview in Dropbox. See the full list of supported files at the bottom of this article. 

How to customize previews in Paper docs

If you’ve added an Illustrator, PDF, or Powerpoint file into your Paper doc, you can customize how the file previews in Paper.

To customize the preview of the Illustrator, PDF, or Powerpoint file you’ve inserted:

  1. Click the existing preview of the file.
  2. A toolbar will appear at the top of the preview. Click the four rectangles icon on the left.
  3. From the gallery, select what you’d like to display in your preview.
  4. Click Add to doc.
  5. To select which part of the file displays, click the new preview. 
  6. From the editing toolbar that appears at the top of the preview, select the Select display area icon. 
  7. Click and drag to select the area you’d like to display. 
  8. Click Select.

How to add a caption to a preview in Paper docs

To add a caption to a preview:

  1. Click the preview image to select it.
  2. Click Write a caption at the bottom of the image.
  3. Type your caption.

File types supported for Paper doc previews

Paper supports embedding video and sound files, as well other document types. With some file types, like Figma or Google Maps, people can interact with them.

Paper supports all file types that you can preview in Dropbox, and:

  • Adobe XD
  • Airtable (if you paste an Airtable embed link, we'll preview the Airtable base or view)
  • Facebook
  • Figma
  • Framer
  • Gist
  • Github issues in public repositories
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Docs
  • Google Drive
  • Google Maps
  • Google Sheets
  • Google Slides
  • Instagram
  • InVision
  • Lucidchart
  • Marvel
  • Pastebin
  • Pinterest
  • Prezi
  • SlideShare
  • Soundcloud
  • Speaker Deck
  • Spotify
  • Trello
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • XKCD
  • YouTube
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