Some MS Office files don't have thumbnails generated.

Bug #585585 reported by DarrenShare on 2010-05-25
This bug affects 6 people
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Bug Description

Only generates thumbnails for around 50% of MS Office files (some .doc, some .xls). Behaviour is seemingly random. There can be a combination of successes and failures all in the same directory.

When running the command
ooo-thumbnailer file.doc preview.png 128

on failed files, I get the following output:

error: The metadata does not have a thumbnail property
Unrecongised Microsoft Office file type

Ubuntu 10.04

  Installed: 0.3.1-1
  Candidate: 0.3.1-1
  Version table:
 *** 0.3.1-1 0
        500 lucid/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     0.2-5 0
        500 lucid/universe Packages

David D Lowe (flimm) wrote :

Please send me the output of this command with the file that doesn't have a thumbnail:

file file.doc --mime-type --brief

Changed in ooo-thumbnailer:
status: New → Incomplete
DarrenShare (darren-moorstreet) wrote :

I've tested a few (both .xls and .doc) and they all give this:


David D Lowe (flimm) on 2010-09-18
Changed in ooo-thumbnailer:
status: Incomplete → New
David D Lowe (flimm) wrote :

Previously, ooo-thumbnailer would attempt to convert Microsoft Office files without stored thumbnails to Open Document format, and then grab the thumbnail from there. This process is proving to be very slow and prone to failure, so I am removing this feature from ooo-thumbnailer, and I'm marking this bug as "won't fix".

Unfortunately, both and LibreOffice do not store the thumbnail in their saved .doc and .docx files (and the other Office formats).

One solution would be to take a similar route to the GIMP with .xcf files: LibreOffice could save a thumbnail in the user's .thumbnails directory upon open an Office file. I am planning on contacting and LibreOffice about this.

Changed in ooo-thumbnailer:
status: New → Won't Fix
TomasHnyk (sup) wrote :

Well, that will not work with files that you did not create (i.e. some else sent them to you). I do not understand why it is not possible to save the thumbnail in the files itself.
The bug seem to imply, that they decided to just ged rid of the feature instead of repairing it.

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