Google Drive is getting a new file preview feature. It works with over 30 file types, and lets you quickly browse through previews visually.
“You’ll see the new preview automatically if you open a photo, video, or PDF,” explains Google Drive engineer Ian Kilpatrick. “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 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,” he adds. “Each file preview also gives you one-click access to share, download, print or open a file for editing.”
The feature is in the process of rolling out to Rapid Release users.
In a new update to the Google Drive Android app, users can now stream video files.