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Google adds preview function to Drive storage tool

21 Feb 2013
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Google has added another improvement to its Drive storage service with the ability to preview 30 different file types without opening them directly, in a move designed to improve the product's ease of use.

The update means that rather than having to open each file individually to see if contains the information users need, they can scroll through those stored in their Drive folder until they find the right one.

Users can then zoom in, select text, share and print the document directly from the preview function, as well as opening it for editing as normal.

The update was announced by Google Drive engineer Ian Kilpatrick, who said it was designed to streamline the use of the service by making it as easy to use as possible.

"You'll see the new preview automatically if you open a photo, video, or PDF. To see a preview of a Google document, right-click on the file name and select preview," he said in a blog post.

"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. "

The feature is now being rolled out to Rapid Release customers.

V3 was able to test out the feature and found it a notable upgrade, enabling much quicker access to information and sharing documents with colleagues, helping speed up the use of the tool.

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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