In the beginning, seeing a preview of documents in Google Drive meant clicking an link and waiting for a new browser window or browser tab to open up. Your preview would appear, if the file type was compatible, surrounded by all the menu bars and trappings of a Google Doc screen.
All that is changing.
Google is rolling out a new preview for files in Google Drive, starting now.
Google Drive will let you quickly preview more than 30 file types and quickly flip between files until you find the one you want. You’ll see the new preview automatically if you open a photo, video, or PDF. To see a preview of a Google document, right-click on the file name and select “preview.”
Once the preview window is open, you can …
- Click on the arrows on either side to flip to other files.
- Watch video files or scroll through multi-page documents.
- Select and copy text from the preview — even for a PDF or Microsoft Word document
- Use the zoom buttons to see a file in more detail.
Each file preview also gives you one-click access to share, download, print or open a file for editing.