Opening Zip and Rar archives are a great way to reduce the file size and share them with your friends. But it can be a bit of hassle if you don’t have any software installed to open archive files and if it is from unknown sources, it is better not to open them on your PC or find any tool to open it without downloading it on your computer. To solve this problem, we came across an excellent Google Chrome extension, Gdocs.
Gdocs is a useful Google Chrome extension which enables users open Zip and RAR files right inside the browser via Google Docs, without even downloading the file. Installing the extension is pretty simple and straight forward. Just head over to the download page and install the extension. After installing the extension, you will notice another option in the right click menu, “Open with Google Docs” which will help you extract zip files and open those file formats which are support ed by Google Docs. You can download any specific file you want to.
To open any archive, just right click on the link and click on Open With Google Docs and it will give you the preview of the entire archive and the number of files in it.
This will open the archive file in Google Docs. Now, you can either download the file to your PC or save It on Google Docs if it supports that format. However, the extension only works with direct links and not any redirecting links. For example, if you try to use it on any rapidshare or any other free file hosting link, it will not open that file.
Nonetheless, GDocs is a useful extension which every Google Chrome user should try if they work with archives a lot.