Chrome allows you to open a file automatically after downloading, but not without downloading it.
Although the browser itself does not offer us the ability to open a file without having to download it before, if we can configure it, it is that the file is open. automatically after downloading. To do this, just click on the tab that appears next to the name of the file being downloaded from Chrome in the bar at the bottom of the browser.
This will show us a menu where we will find the option Always open files of this type. By checking this option, Chrome will open files of this type that we will automatically download, but the truth is that this does not prevent us from having to download them before. In addition, if we see that the option Always open files of this type is disabled, it means that this feature of Chrome is not compatible with this type of files.
If at any time we wish to disable this option, we will have to move to the the configuration from the browser, view the advanced configuration options and search the Downloads section. That's where we will find the option Open certain types of files automatically after downloading. By clicking the Delete button, we will prevent files from opening automatically once Chrome has downloaded them.
How to open a file without having to download it in Chrome with Docs Online Viewer
In addition to PDF files, we want to open certain types of files without having to download them before. These are documents, presentations or even spreadsheets. However, this does not allow us to create Google Chrome natively. Of course, in the Chrome Web Store, we can find extensions that can help us open some files in the browser without having to download them before.
One of the most popular and used in Online document viewer, an extension available in the Chrome Web Store and that we can add to our browser in a completely free way. Once installed, we will be able to open the main file formats and documents from the Chrome browser without having to download them first or use third-party software that allows us to open these types of files.
Docs Onlie Viewer uses third-party online services, such as the Google Docs API, to allow us to open links with an extension. PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, PPT, RTF, ODT, ODS, ODP, CSV and other formats. To find out if the file behind a link is compatible to open with this extension directly in Chrome without download, Docs Online Viewer will display an icon next to the link so we can quickly know if it is possible to Open these types of files directly in Chrome. without downloading them before.