Viewing PDFs without opening the file

July 15, 2006

Have you noticed that Google and others often lists PDF files in search results?  Downloading these files can take some time, but if you just want to take a quick look, select View as HTML, which appears right under the link. The formatting may not be perfect, you’ll see enough to decide whether you want the PDF file.

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One Response to “Viewing PDFs without opening the file”


  1. Google’s GMail also has this feature. It was a little controversial for a while as it allowed you to do things with protected PDFs that you shouldn’t have been able to do. See here.


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