How can I open a Office document in Gmail without saving it first?

john sasso August 8, 2012

When I try to open an Office document (when using Chrome/Gmail) I only see the option to view or download. I want to be able to open it in Office first without downloading the file. I used to do this in Outlook so why can’t I now?

  1. SM Mhaisale
    October 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    1) Click on settings
    2) Go To the bottom of the page where is an option "advanced settings"
    3) Go to downloads
    4) De-select Ask where to save each file before downloading

    I hope this helps.

    Capt SM

  2. kathe
    October 7, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    but i used to be able to print a doc without saving it to my desktop furst....why can't i do it now?

  3. Oron
    August 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Several good answers below, so I'd just like to provide an overview. There are really two options:
    1. Have the file opened in the cloud (e.g. by GoogleDocs/Drive) and displayed as a web page.
    2. Have the attachment downloaded to your hard disc and opened by Word. This can be done explicitly (you download the file, save it to a known place and open it) or implicitly (Outlook or your browser saves the file to a "temp" folder and opens it), but either way, the file will be downloaded first and then opened.

    If you choose to follow the second option, I would suggest that on the whole it is better to save the files explicitly, because then 1) you can access them again if necessary without having to download a second copy and 2) your hard disc will be less cluttered with copies of temporary files.

  4. Christopher Harlan
    August 9, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Well, you can always view it in HTML. However, you should be able to open the document in Google Docs and view it from there without even having to download it. And if you do decide to download it, you can just choose not to save it.

  5. EL
    August 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    You have to download it. You can open it without downloading it in Outlook because when Outlook pulls in messages, it downloads the attachments automatically.

    Once you click download in Gmail, you can open it in Office.

  6. Min Shum
    August 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Use "View in Google Docs". Any office document sent as an attachment to your email can be viewed directly from the Cloud without having to save it to your PC.

    The document, however, will be saved to your recent document list on your Google Docs account

  7. Âdil Farôôq
    August 8, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Select download it will give you an option to open it using office program.

  8. Suman Acharya
    August 8, 2012 at 4:50 am

    view as HTML
    Scan and download
    these two are options. view is the option i choose to read without download.

    • Suman Acharya
      August 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

      these two option are just under the attachment file. ferdinan's solution may work better for you.

  9. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 8, 2012 at 4:43 am

    You can do it by choose download, after that it will ask you whether to save it first or open with a program. Just choose open with a program and choose any office program, it will display as you wish, and not store directly to your documents folder.

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