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I think there used to be a way to link to the PDF version of a Google doc, but now I can only make a link that downloads the PDF instead of viewing it in the browser. Does anybody know if the old technique is still supported? I found several discussions in the Google support forum, but nothing definitive. The Google Docs API only lists the download method, so I suspect I'm out of luck.

Just to be clear, I want to link to a PDF file that gets automatically updated whenever the Google doc changes.

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You can do it by using the Export as PDF tool like this:

Your document link (example):

https://docs.google.com/x/yyyy/document/z/nvjsinmsdfjnlsnlkkn-hslknl1_V7sc/edit

Change the end of link from /edit to /export?format=pdf

https://docs.google.com/x/yyyy/document/z/nvjsinmsdfjnlsnlkkn-hslknl1_V7sc/export?format=pdf

However this needs Sharing setting to be modified Anyone who has the link can view

It works with:

/export?format=docx
/export?format=odt
/export?format=rtf
/export?format=pdf
/export?format=txt
/export?format=html
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Publishing a Google Document as a PDF is not supported yet :(

(Though it IS supported for Spreadsheets...)

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After you click on the PDF, you will notice a Share link on the top-left corner. Select Sharing Settings option from the menu & change the settings to "Public on the web" or "Anyone with the link" instead of the default which is Private.

When you share that link, others can view it within the browser without having to download the PDF

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That lets me link to the HTML version of the doc, but the PDF version still requires a sign in and then just downloads instead of displaying in the browser. Did I misunderstand something? –  Don Kirkby Oct 13 '10 at 19:19
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