Use Google Viewer for viewing different Gmail attachments

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January 7, 2009

You can have a quick view of the images sent to you as attachment in Gmail and then download it on the fly. But what if the attachments are not images but PDF files? Previously Google used to convert the PDF files to plain HTML with the images excluded for your quick view which didn’t look much appealing. But now you can view PDF, DOC and PPT attachments very easily from Gmail using the Google Docs Viewer.

view docs in gmailWith the new option in Gmail, you can view the first 100 pages of the Gmail’s PDF attachment even if you don’t have Adobe Reader on your computer. This option uses the PDF viewer from Google Docs which will let you view the first 100 pages of the PDF file. Clicking on the View Link will take you directly to Google Docs’s PDF Viewer. You can also edit documents and spreadsheets or apply a template to it if you edit it via Google Docs.

Not only PDF but you can also view Power Point files(.PPT), and Word Files(.DOC) attached in Gmail. The option is enabled for PDF files only by default. Open your email with the Power Point or Word file attached to it then follow these steps.

gmail to view pdf● Click on the “View as HTML” link next to the file.

● Now you need to edit the URL of the page that opens. You URL will look something like this:


● Replace the view=att above with view=gvatt and refresh the page. You can now view your Power Point file which opens in Google Docs.

Actually you can directly click on the “View as Slideshow” link to view your Power Point file but you’ll be provided with lesser options. Editing the URL will let you view each page of your slide and also let you search for words or phrases in the file. The feature is available for Word files as well.

Thus, this feature lets you view PDF, DOC or PPT attachments in Gmail with ease. So next time make quick decisions for PDF, DOC or PPT files whether to download them or not.

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  • I am amazed with it. It is a good thing for my research. Thanks