I'm frequently opening files from websites (e.g. doc files) and is seems Chrome is missing the option to open it directly instead of saving it first (like possible in e.g. IE, FF, Opera). Any hack around?
At present Chrome will only download the file - it won't give you the option to Open or Save that other browsers give you.
You can set files with certain file extension to open automatically after the download has completed.
If you want certain types of files to always open after they're done downloading, click the arrow next to the file button in the downloads bar and select Always open files of this type. To prevent potentially malicious files from automatically downloading to your computer, this option isn't available for executable filetypes, such as those with .exe, .dll, or .bat extensions (for Windows), and .dmg extensions (for Mac
There is also a Chrome extension that previews some file types (PDF, Presentations etc) in the Google Docs Viewer. This can be found here.
Looking through some of the Google Chrome forums this feature has been requested numerous times since 2008 - the standard response of "we are working on it" has been always been the reply from Google.