Quick View pdfs in Google search results

Thu 8 October 2009 10:27, Editors

Google yesterday added a nice little new feature to the search result. If you now do a search and a pdf-file shows up a "Quick View" link is added next to the result.

When you click on that link you will be able to view the PDF in a Google doc-format. The Quick View button is an extension to the 'View as html' function which already existed.

Quick View pdfs in Google search results

The 'View as html' opened a webpage which could 'destroy' the formatting from the original PDF. The Quick View - link doesn't. The feature is based on the same technology that's available in Google Docs and Gmail, as well as to webmasters through the Google Docs viewer, which Google has been rolling out since July. For many this therefore won't be a very big step.

Google plans to roll out the viewer for more documents and file types. Until that time the 'View as html' has to do.


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