Chromebook And Zip Files? You Can Now View Them on Google Docs

If you ever downloaded ZIP files or RAR files on your Chromebook or any Chromium OS device, the “Unsupported file type” error would have made you unhappy. Now with a latest update to the Google Docs viewer, you can view contents of a Zip or Rar file online.

Cloud is getting better.

Downloading files that you only need to preview can create unnecessary clutter on your computer. While you can already use the Google Docs Viewer to view over 15 different file types without downloading them, today we’ve added support for archive file types ZIP and RAR. Now, if someone sends you a ZIP or RAR file in Gmail, you’ll be able to view its contents from within your browser by clicking on View.

So this resolves one more issue that Chromebook users were facing when switching to the Cloud. Any happy campers here ?

via Google Docs Blog.

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Sam 15/07/2011, 5:02 am

    Why can’t every document I open be opened in Google Docs, without downloading?

    Why not allow you to attach google doc files from gmail?

    I am loving my chromebook though.

    • Cougar Abogado 15/07/2011, 7:57 am

      I’ve been having these thoughts for a while, myself. Why do I have to download a link to my computer and upload it again, if Google could simply transfer it (horizontally, so to speak) from one website to my Docs/Music/Gmail/whatever.

      As far as the attachments go, what I’ve really wanted is the ability to send the file I’m working on, in Docs, as an attachment, right from there in Docs (absent going into Gmail).

      I assume we’ll see this kind of integration, given what we’ve seen with +.

      BTW, Sam, what type of chromebook did you get?

      Sure am glad to have the unzip capability now. I’m sure it will translate to Docs/Chrome OS offline, shortly.

  • Sam 15/07/2011, 7:59 am

    I have the Samsung Series 5—-by the way if anyone has a google+ invite I would love to have one, since I am Google to the core!!

  • Cougar Abogado 15/07/2011, 10:27 pm

    I think this feature actually has some pretty limited functionality. See my + post, here:


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