View Microsoft Office, PDF files, Media files using Chrome browser

Google Chrome is a popular alternative browser for Windows that lets you do many other things apart from simply giving you a good browsing experience. Today we will see how you can use Chrome browser to view, print, create PDF documents, view and edit Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as play media files like MP3, MP4, etc.

View PDF files using Chrome

View Office PDF Media Chrome

You can use Google Chrome’s built in PDF Viewer, to view PDF documents. All you need to do is drag and drop a PDF file in Chrome. A new tab will open and you will see the PDF file opened. So if you need to simply open PDF files and read them, print them or create PDF files from the web pages,  you do not have to install a 3rd-party PDF reader software. The built-in PDF reader in Windows 8.1 or Chrome will do just fine.

View Microsoft Office files using Chrome

If you want to view and edit Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in Chrome you need to install this extension called Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides. It has been developed by Google. It lets you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without needing Office installed on your Windows computer.

Play Media files using Chrome


Chrome will also let you play media files like MP3, MP4, etc. natively – online as well as offline! It may offer very basic features, but it gets the job done, if you need it. All you need to do is to drag and drag the media file onto the Chrome icon and the file will start playing in a new tab.

Hope this helps!

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