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Now Preview Over 30 File Types in Google Drive

Google Drive has a new feature that lets you quickly preview over 30 file types and quickly flip between files until you find the one you want.

You’ll see the new preview automatically well on all photos, videos, Google Docs files including, presentations, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, Microsoft Office files, PDF, PostScript and XPS files and TrueType fonts.

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. And right from within the preview, you can watch video files or scroll through multi-page documents.

You can also use the left and right arrow keys to navigate to the other files and up/down arrow keys to scroll up/down in documents. While the previews don’t let you edit documents, you can select text, zoom in or out, find text (Ctrl+F), print the documents or share them with other people.

Google also lets you select and copy text from the preview — even for a PDF or Microsoft Word document — or 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.

“When previewing a file, it’s easy to flip through nearby files by clicking the arrows on the left and right sides of the preview window. This is a great way to scan through a group of photos you’ve stored in your Drive,” explains Google.

This feature will roll out over the next few days to Rapid Release customers.

Previews in Google Drive

Google Drive Previews

Update 02:22: Videos stored in Google Drive are now available in HTML5 to all Google Apps, Google Apps for Business, Government and Education customers.

“Videos will be served in HTML5 if Flash support is not available in the browser. This change allows users to play videos on their mobile phones without Flash support,” Google stated.

Update 02/28: In a blog entry today, Google explains how to make files searchable on the Google Drive.

“When a file of a common type (for instance HTML, XML, PDF or text file) is uploaded to Google Drive, it is automatically indexed so users can easily search for it in their Drive files by searching for one of its customer’s name that is written inside the file.

“Metadata such as the file’s title and description are always indexed so users can always find a file by name. Google Drive also tries to recognize objects and landmarks in images uploaded to Drive.”

However, Google Drive does not automatically index the content of less common or custom file types. “For example if your application uploads or creates files using the custom MIME-type custom/mime.type, then Drive would not try to read and index the content of these files and your users would not be able to find them by searching for something that’s inside these filesm,” google explains.

make files searchable in google drive

Further, Google adds that to have Google Drive index the content of such files you have to use one of the following two options available when uploading files through the Google Drive API: “useContentAsIndexableText URL parameter; and indexableText attribute.”

Have a look at Google Drive API references or watch the latest Google Developer Live video embedded below:

Also, a new Drive feature is spotted in an animated GIF file shared by the Google Drive team in a G+ post: a “Gmail attachments” section. This new feature is not yet enabled in the public version of Google Drive, as Google employees currently tests it.

gmail attachment in google drive

image showing refernce to gmail attachment in google drive

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