The “Open with Google Drive Viewer” is a browser extension for Google Chrome. It creates an entry in the context menu (right-click menu) to open links using Google Drive’s online file viewer tool. Google Drive Viewer supports various file formats including PDF, DOC, PPT, HTML etc.
You can use this tiny Chrome extension to open several file formats like Word (DOC and DOCX), Excel (XLS and XLSX), PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX), PDF, ZIP, RAR, Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF), Adobe Illustrator (.AI), Adobe Photoshop (.PSD), SVG, TXT etc. Only restriction is that the file should be online and publicly accessible.
There are several benefits of using Google Drive Viewer over any other application installed on your computer. First of all, you don’t need to have any specific software installed on your computer. For example, to open an online DOC file, you don’t need to download the file first and then open it using Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Write.
Additionally, opening an online file may be quite risky on your computer as it may contains some malicious code. While, opening it using an online viewer is quite safe as the file is processed on a remote server.
Once you open a file in Google Drive Viewer, you can easily save that file to your Google Drive account just with a click.
- Install the Chrome extension from Chrome Web Store
- Test working of this extension here
- Try my other useful browser extensions
You should also check another similar extension, “Open with MS Office Online”, which enables users to open Word, PowerPoint and Excel files using Microsoft’s Office Online viewer.