Previewing some PDF files in Google drive shows part of text scrambled:

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Downloading and then viewing this PDF from local machine works fine. I taught that browser PDF plugin is the one to blame, so I have opened local file in browser, but it displays just fine.

Tried this in

  • Chrome (v41) and IE11, on Windows 8.1
  • FF (v37) on CentOS 6.

Any idea what can be done about this? I would like to avoid downloading every single file to see what's in it.

1 Answer 1


Try downloading this app (chrome extension) from notablepdf for google drive Notablepdf. Then go to your drive and right click the pdf file , click open with and then choose notablePDF. It is one of the popular PDF viewer.

Hope this helps ..

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but NotablePdf is some kind of cloud app which will take the PDF file to it's own server to render a preview. I do not like that. Apr 15, 2015 at 8:20
  • @IvanJovovic Yeah.. you are right.
    – CodeIt
    Apr 15, 2015 at 8:59
  • @IvanJovovic I don't find any other solution .I would recommend contacting Google Drive Help Support. The issue is not the problem with you PDF files but it's a problem with the Google docs so they might be able to help you.
    – CodeIt
    Apr 16, 2015 at 6:40

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