I performed below steps.

  1. Created a web application
  2. Created a separate enterprise search site collection.
  3. Created Search Service Application.
  4. Created content source

Now, the search is working fine. But I cannot get the document preview. My Search Result

My Desired Output is shown below, (with the given document preview) Desired Output

Do we need to have a Separate office web app server for document preview in SharePoint 2013?

4 Answers 4


Yes you need Office Web Apps to enable Document Preview.
And Yes that needs a separate server/farm.


In addition to Per's answer: Here is my instruction how to install it: http://melcher.it/2013/05/install-office-web-apps-2013-for-sharepoint-2013-with-pdf-preview/

Follow the reference to Wictor Willens blog for the basic instruction and use my powershell to enable PDF preview.

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    This addition should be a comment on Anders answer, not a separate answer IMO Aug 31, 2013 at 11:57
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    Robert, you are right. "Answered" on my mobile and hit the wrong button. Aug 31, 2013 at 19:45
  • Good input though :) Aug 31, 2013 at 20:34

I just faced a similar problem.

Using a custom display template might not give you the preview features. Resolved it by changing the display template settings to the one that says

"Use the result type to decide"

Hope this helps!


Can you try this : View docs after owa install in search results

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    – Phil Greer
    Apr 29, 2015 at 14:31

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