Sometimes you really want to know what your ad looks like, how it is displayed and you just cannot find it in SERPs or the Ad Preview Tool.
Sometimes you want to know what a creative might look like before you set it live. Of course you can set up formatting in an Excel document to display this but it never looks quite right.
Now Adwords can preview your ad for you before it even goes live or if you cannot find it too.
Where you insert creative into Adwords, it now provides a preview:
Both a side ad and top ad example are helpfully displayed as you type in your ad. This can help with screenshotting and also bouncing ideas around before setting live.
At present this tool does not take into account longer headlines in top position ads with description line 1 or domain URLs pulled up into the headline so you cannot anticipate when this new format will be applied to your ad from using this ad preview section of the interface. Fingers crossed Google make this aspect available too.