Supported attachment types for viewing in Gmail

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  1. View attachments in Gmail in your browser without downloading them
  2. View attachments in default Gmail
  3. Supported attachments in Google Docs Viewer
  4. Supported Microsoft File Types
  5. Supported Adobe file types
  6. Other supported file types
  7. View attachments in Gmail Basic
  8. Supported HTML View Attachments in Basic View

View attachments in Gmail in your browser without downloading them

In Gmail, you can view some attachments in your browser without downloading them first. Learn how to open text documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and other attachment types that are supported for viewing in your Gmail inbox.

The information in this article applies to the web versions of Gmail.

View attachments in default Gmail

In the standard web version of Gmail, you can open attachments using Google Docs Viewer, the same pop-up window used on Google Drive.

While viewing a message in Gmail, click the attachment preview to open it.

If the file type is supported, it will open in Document Viewer.

Supported attachments in Google Docs Viewer

Gmail lets you send almost any type of file as an attachment, but only certain files can be viewed in the browser.

Supported Microsoft File Types

File type extension

Microsoft Word Documents

.doc and .docx
Microsoft Excel Tables .xls and .xlsx
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations .ppt and .pptx
XML Paper Specifications .xps

Supported Adobe file types

File type extension

Adobe PDF documents

.pdf
Autodesk AutoCAD Images .dxf
Adobe Illustrator graphics .ai
Adobe Photoshop Images .psd

PS files

.eps and .ps
Scalable vector graphics .svg
truetype files .ttf

Other supported file types

File type extension

Archive files

.zip, .rar, .tar and .gzip
sound files .mp3, .mpeg, .wav and .ogg
image files .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .gif, .bmp and .tif
Video files .webm, .mpeg4, .3gpp, .mov, .avi, .mpegps, .wmv, and .flv
Text files .text

View attachments in Gmail Basic

The regular HTML version of Gmail does not support Google Docs Viewer, but you can view certain attachments as HTML before downloading them.

Select Display as HTML below the attached file.

If supported, the file will open in a separate window.

Supported HTML View Attachments in Basic View

The following file types are supported for HTML rendering in Gmail Basic:

File type extension

Microsoft Word Documents

.doc and .docx
Microsoft Excel Tables .xls and .xlsx
Microsoft PowerPoint presentations .ppt and .pptx

OpenOffice/StarOffice documents

.sxw td>
Open Office/Star Office Spreadsheets .sxc
Open Office/Star Office Presentations .sxi
Star Writer Documents .sdw

Star Calc Electronic Chips

.SDC
Star Impress Presentation .sdd
Adobe PDF documents .pdf
Archive files .zip and .rar

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