At a Glance
- Speedy PDF and PowerPoint display; Easy navigation; Save to your PC or Google Docs
- Doesn’t let you create PDFs
View PDFs and PowerPoint files directly inside Chrome with this free add-on.
Reading PDFs posted on the Web can be an annoying experience.
Click a link to one, and then wait…and wait…and wait…until Adobe Reader
(or another PDF reader, such as Foxit Reader or Bullzip
PDF Printer) launches, and hope it doesn’t crash. Then, when
you want to continue Web surfing, you’ll have to switch back and
forth between your PDF reader and the Web.
Google’s free Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer extension for Chrome solves the
problem easily. Click a link to a PDF, and the PDF loads right in
its own Chrome tab. The PDF is easily navigable via thumbnails and
you have plenty of options for viewing, including fitting the page
to the screen, displaying two pages at a time, zooming in and
zooming out, and more. You can also search through the document,
share it with others, and e-mail it as an attachment.
There’s more as well–you’ll be able to save a copy of the PDF
to your PC. And you can also save it to Google Docs, too. And you
can print the PDF as well. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer also lets you
view, save, and share PowerPoint presentations. And it gives you
all the tools you’ll need for navigating them, in much the same way
it does for PDFs.. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer is free, and does a
great job of viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files from within
Chrome–what’s not to like?
Note: This link takes you to this extension’s
page at Google, where you can automatically install the file into
your Chrome browser.