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Gmail has recently changed the UI for attachments. The options offered for an attachment is to download it to disk, save it to Google Drive or right click to open it in a new tab.

In the old interface I quite often used the view option when the attachment was a PDF or DOC file or something similar. I found the option view as HTML in the built-in viewer quite useful, in particular when I wanted to copy some part of text from the attachment.

Can I somehow view the attachment as HTML in the new interface?

I mean something like the plain HTML mode—see the following picture:


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Yes, you can. Click anywhere else but on the Download or Save to Drive buttons and it will open the document inline, in an overlay.

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Like this:

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And here you can see that the document is rendered as HTML:

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I've tried this. I do not see how to get to view as html option. – Martin Nov 30 '13 at 9:40
@Martin That is the HTML view. If you open a document, be it PDF or DOC, like that and then check it with the web inspector, you will see that its content is rendered as HTML. – Alex Nov 30 '13 at 9:59
Thanks! I did not notice that I can copy the text even from this view. (I am not sure whether I remember it correctly, but I think I had to choose plain HTML if I wanted to copy text in the old interface.) – Martin Nov 30 '13 at 10:11
You most certainly can copy text from this view, either from a PDF or from a DOC. (I personally like better this view that the previous open-in-new-tab one.) – Alex Nov 30 '13 at 10:14

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