View images, videos, documents, and other files

With Google Drive on the web, you can view files like videos, PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and images.

View files in Google Drive

To view a file:

  1. Go to
  2. Double-click on the name of a file.
  3. Choose from one of the following actions:
    Icon Action
    Quickly rename a file by clicking on the file name
    Open the file with a Google Drive app
Open a file with an app

You can open a file using web apps or apps installed on your computer. To open files with apps installed on your computer, you need the most recent version of Google Drive for your Mac/PC.

To open a file:

  1. Go to
  2. Right-click a file.
  3. Hover over Open with.
  4. Choose an app.

Choose a default app

Certain types of files, like images, will open in preview view when you click them from your Drive. To open files in a different app follow the steps for making an app the default app.

Supported file types

These are the most common file types that you can view in Google Drive.

  • Image files (.JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .BMP)
  • Video files (WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .ogg)
  • Text files (.TXT)
  • Markup/Code (.CSS, .HTML, .PHP, .C, .CPP, .H, .HPP, .JS)
  • Microsoft Word (.DOC and .DOCX)
  • Microsoft Excel (.XLS and .XLSX)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT and .PPTX)
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (.PDF)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.PSD)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF) - best with RGB .TIFF images
  • Autodesk AutoCad (.DXF)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (.SVG)
  • PostScript (.EPS, .PS)
  • TrueType (.TTF)
  • XML Paper Specification (.XPS)
  • Archive file types (.ZIP, .RAR, tar, gzip)
  • Audio formats (MP3, MPEG, WAV, .ogg)
  • .MTS files
  • Raw Image formats
Keyboard shortcuts for viewing files
Action Shortcut
Open O
Play/Pause Video Space/Enter
Skip video forwards/backwards Ctrl + left/right(⌘ + left/right on a Mac)
Increase volume +
Decrease volume -
Show/hide details D
View next item L, or the right arrow key
View previous item H, or the left arrow key
Scroll down J
Scroll up K
Zoom in + or =
Zoom out -
Close Esc
Print a document Ctrl + P (⌘ + P on a Mac)
Open the search bar Ctrl + F (⌘ + F on a Mac)
Open the search bar/find next Ctrl + G (⌘ + G on a Mac)

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