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Gmail: View PDF Files Without Additional Software

Viewing PDFs within Google Mail no longer requires adobe reader or any other additional PDF reading software. Yes, Google has a web-based PDF viewer. They are rolling it out for Gmail first.


Most everybody hates adobe’s PDF reader. It’s fat, bloated, and painful. With google’s web-based PDF viewer, this is going to change. Here is how to use it within gmail.

You will see a “view” link in any email that contains a PDF attachment. The email has to actually contain the PDF and not just have a link to a PDF.

PDF in Gmail

Clicking on the “view” link will open a web-based PDF viewer.

gmail pdf viewer 2

How long before google makes this an option as long as “view as html” from the main google search results?

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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