The “Open Online Office Files” extension for Google Chrome browser is a very handy tool to open online files using Google Drive Viewer, Microsoft Office Online Viewer and Zoho Sheet. These three online services enable users to open many file formats online, without requiring any specific application installed on their computers.
How To Use
First of all, install the extension from here. This extension is available for Google Chrome, and should work with other Chromium-based browsers. Once you have installed it, you can use it from its context menu option which appears when you right click on links pointing to supported files. These files should be online and publicly accessible.
Whenever, you have a link pointing to any of the above file formats – right click on it and select extension’s option as shown in the screenshot below. The extension would show only those services which support the linked file format. For example, if link is pointing to an Excel spreadsheet, all the three services (Google Drive Viewer, MS Office Online Viewer and Zoho Sheet) will be shown. But for a link pointing to a .txt file, only Google Drive Viewer will be shown as the other two services don’t support .txt files.
Benefits of Google Drive Viewer
Microsoft’s Office Online Viewer is a great tool for Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, but Google’s Drive Viewer is extremely brilliant as it supports various other file formats as mentioned above. Moreover, users can connect third-party applications to their Google Drive account to open and edit these files.
Open and Edit
These three online services don’t just offer you to open online files. You can even edit the opened files. For example, once you open a Word file using the Microsoft Office Online Viewer – you can edit it using Word Online and save the edited file to your OneDrive account. Similarly, files opened using Google Drive Viewer can be saved to Google Drive in just one click!
Why Use The Extension?
The “Open Online Office Files” extension is a small and light-weight utility. It doesn’t ask for any permission like access to browsing history etc. It directly connects users to the above three services, without any intermediate site or authorization.
You can open online files without installing any special application on your computer. It also saves you from any possible malware or other security threat as you don’t have to download the files.
To test working of this extension, visit this test page.
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