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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.

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



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