Document Conversion via GMail

By Deane Barker on December 15, 2005

Digital Inspiration: Convert doc, xls, ppt, rtf, pdf to HTML: Brutally simple hack to get a ton of different document formats into HTML: send them to a GMail account as an attachment, then “View as HTML.”

GMail will show the following types of files as HTML: .pdf, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .rtf, .sxw, .sxc, .sxi, .sdw, .sdc, .sdd, and .wml. You can extend this trick to extract text from PDF documents (PDF to Txt) or Convert Adobe PDF documents to Word (PDF to Doc conversion). First convert the Document to HTML with Gmail and then open the HTML file in Microsoft Word and choose Save as .doc.

Via Lifehacker.



  1. Thanks for letting us know about this. I have been wanting to know what would be the best thing ot use with documents and email, and i think that gmail is a really good option to consider.

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