Gmail, Google Docs Viewer now support ZIP and RAR preview

Published Date
15 - Jul - 2013
| Last Updated
01 - Mar - 2018
Gmail, Google Docs Viewer now support ZIP and RAR preview

You may not always need to download any mail attachment; just view and check if everything is in place. The “view” feature helps you to do this tak. In case of compressed mail attachments, however, you are required to download them whether you want or not. Thanks to now you can use Viewer to preview compressed file types ZIP and RAR as well. With the new “view” button, you can now view all the contents within your browser.

After you have clicked on view button, the ZIP/RAR file is opened in a new tab where you get to see the contents of the file. When you hover over the list you can activate a menu by clicking Actions. You’ll be able to View items supported by Google Docs Viewer and Print (PDF) those that we offer PDF support. Save to Google Docs and Download appear for all files.


Google says on its official blog that the new feature works for archives inside archive files too. This means, if you have a ZIP file inside a RAR file or vice versa, you can still preview them. All you need to do is click on that file to get access to that contents of the archive.

The new feature is also available on mobile versions of Google Docs. For each viewable file (including embedded ZIP or RAR archives) there is a link to view. The Google Docs Viewer now supports over 15 different file types such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, .XPS and .ZIP and .RAR.


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