This is a quick and sleek tutorial on how to view documents in browser without downloading the files to your computer. This comes especially handy for larger files.

So, let’s get started.

For instance, you are looking for one of the good old books like 7 habits of Highly Effective People, but somehow you are trying to see if there are any powerpoint slides to give you a sum up of what you’ve already read quite a few times.

So, you find yourself searching for 7 habits of highly effective file-type:ppt in Google, and let’s use the first link: www.bumc.bu.edu/clinepi/files/2009/07/Seven-Habits.ppt.

Make the tweak

In short, you just need to add the string docs.google.com/viewer?url= in front of the link you just copied, and off you go!

Try https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=www.bumc.bu.edu/clinepi/files/2009/07/Seven-Habits.ppt

Hope this tip helps to save some trouble downloading the file every time you just wanna preview it.

Hey, kudos for making it this far! Wanted to let you know that if you liked this, you might also like tmux Cheatsheet and Shortcuts.

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I'm Bobby Yan, a programmer, music lover, researcher, and a third-year undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I am currently doing research on robotics, planning, and systems for machine learning at RISELab. In the past, I built IB Notes, a website with useful and concise study guides and notes for IB, and Spanish Vocab Builder, an iOS app to help Spanish learners. See my résumé for more details.

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