View & open files

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

View a file

  1. Go to
  2. Double-click a file.
    • If you open a Google Doc, Sheet, Slides document, Form, or Drawing, it will open using that application.
    • If you open a video, PDF, Microsoft Office file, audio file, or photo, it will open in Google Drive.

Open a file using a different 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.

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

Learn how to set a default app for opening certain file types.

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