Have you ever tried to open a Microsoft Word document from inside Android’s Gmail client? If you have not, please don’t waste your time. All you will see is a force close error and nothing more. Google has said they are working on this, and other companies are developing applications to view and edit MS files. What if you are in a pinch and you need to view a Word doc now?
Here is a simple work around to be able to view your document on your Android device:
- Open up the Android Browser and navigate to www.gmail.com
- The mobile page will load, but click the link at the bottom of the page to load the desktop version.
- Find the email with the attachment you want to read then click “View as HTML” located under the document name.
I have tested this method with both .doc and docx file types. Its not pretty or quick to get to, but it just works. If you have any TIPS for Android, please submit them.