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Google Drive: PDF Viewer App

Google Drive: PDF Viewer App

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The default in the new Google Drive is to open a PDF in preview mode. If you prefer the way the old Google Drive handled PDF’s there is an app that you may like.

Connect more apps

In Google Drive click on “New” and choose “More” at the bottom of the menu options. At the bottom of the slide out tray choose to “Connect more apps.”
new google drive connect more apps



Type PDF into the search box and locate the app “PDF Viewer.” Click on the blue “Connect” button.
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Google Drive will ask you if you want to use this app as your default for PDF’s. If you choose this then your PDF’s will not show up in the preview mode unless you use the menu option for preview.

Preview Mode

Single click on a PDF in Google Drive. In the toolbar above the documents an icon of an eye is available. Clicking on this will allow you to go back to the Google Drive preview mode.
click and choose preview


PDF viewer has it’s own sharing link. Using this link will allow collaborators to open the document in PDF viewer rather than Google Drive preview. Open the document. In the upper right hand corner is a swoopy arrow to share the PDF.
share and comment pdf viewer

Clicking on the swoopy arrow gives you a link you can share with others. Choose to allow them to view or comment on the document.
sharing link


PDF viewer allows you to comment on the document. In the upper right hand of the document the second icon is a comment bubble. Clicking on this icon allows you to highlight sections of the PDF.
share and comment pdf viewer

This puts comment notes on the side similar to what you see in a Google Doc.
comments in PDF

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