Google Docs Can Open Password Protected PDF

Since Google started out with , they have been adding a lot of new interesting features to the service to compete with the likes of Microsoft Office. Of late, the competition is really steaming up and Microsoft is battling to win back the online documents supremacy. However, Google’s integration of Google Docs with and their other services offers users an option to open and view documents, images and PSD files in their email without having to download them locally.

Open Password Protected PDF Files with Google Docs

I have been using the option to open documents and PDF files in Google Docs for quite sometime now. However, one feature I found missing was the ability to open password protected PDF files in Google Docs.

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It looks like that the Google Docs viewer just got smarter (or that it was already but I noticed it now) and allows you to open password protected PDF files without having to download them to your local computer.

The new feature is currently available for PDF files only and I wasn’t able to test it with a regular word document which was password protected. Hopefully, Google should add a feature for other password documents soon.

Google Chrome Opens PDF Files Inline

Google has for long been able to read PDF files using , their browser though did not have the feature to open PDF files inline and unless you used an   to open the PDF files with Google Docs, you would have to download the file to your PC before you could view it.

Google Chrome PDF Inline

However, it looks like the latest dev version of Chrome (6.0.495.0 dev) now supports opening PDF files inline in the browser. This means that you can view any PDF documents you want in your browser without needing to download it. If you do need to download a document, just right click the webpage and click "Save as…" from the available options.

This feature is definitely a good one since users would not have to rely on a offline PDF reader to view files and can do so from within the browser itself. I tested this with several documents, out of the 10 I tested, Google Chrome was able to display all the 10 documents inline.

Free Nitro PDF Reader Is A Decent Foxit Reader Alternative

I have always been a big fan of Foxit reader which I have promoted as the best way to view PDF files and also as one of the most Handy PDF Tools and Services you should definitely use.

However, over time there are several decent alternatives which are released, and the Nitro PDF team has done the same by releasing the Free Nitro PDF Reader to users.

If you are a Microsoft Office user, you will find some familiarity with the new software as it has a MS Office Ribbon-style user interface. In addition to that, Nitro Reader also has context-intelligent UI and tools which only displays navigation panels to appear on when relevant parts of the PDF have opened.

Nitro PDF Viewer

Nitro PDF also has premium collaboration tools which allows users to comment and review, use sticky notes and ability to reply to individual annotations and comments. The software also has a signature stamping function which will allow you to add your scanned or handwritten signature to the PDF file.

If you have used clients like Outlook in Office 2007 or , you might be familiar with the preview feature, however, previewing PDF files was not directly possible unless you used additional plugins to be able to preview PDF or ZIP files in Outlook. However, after installing Nitro Reader you will be able to preview PDF files in Outlook.

There are also several other interesting features in this software including a Snapshot tool to capture and send selected areas of a PDF to the clipboard and ability to disable JavaScript and restrict web access from the PDF.

Techie Buzz Verdict


Nitro PDF reader is definitely a software worth downloading. Not only does it allow you to read PDF files, it also allows you to edit PDF files, fill-in and save forms and more.

Nitro PDF Reader is still in beta and can be download for Windows 32 bit and 64 bit OS from the download link given below.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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