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Gmail has now made it easier to handle attachments from the inbox itself. Gmail is integrated with Google Drive and now you can easily save all or individual attachments to the cloud with a click.

Saving all your attachments to the cloud helps to clear up the clutter of your inbox (by deleting the emails and keeping the attachments). You can also access all your attachments from the central location that Google Drive intends to be. The update is being gradually rolled out.

The latest update also allows you to skip the download to your local drive before you re-upload it to the cloud again. You can also choose the Google Drive folder where you want to save the file. Of course, the download to desktop option isn’t going anywhere as it is faithfully represented with an arrow icon. Before clicking on the Drive icon to send the attachments on their way, Gmail users will also be able to preview the attachments in thumbnails. Previews are enabled for all photos and videos, office documents, PDFs, and spreadsheets. The previews will open in full-screen view (similar to a light box). You can search and also browse through the previews without opening the file with any default applications or downloading it to the computer.


The latest update adds another feature that helps you do something basic within Gmail and the browser itself. This convenience adds a notch to Google Drive’s usability. Maybe, most of us will forego the other options of sending our attachments to Google Drive. But what do you think this will do for your productivity?

Source: Google Drive Blog | Image Credit: yukop


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  1. Justin
    November 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I have attachments that I need to right click and save to a specific folder. This new thumbnail feature wont allow me to do that.

    • Saikat B
      November 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      You can in fact, save to specific Google Drive folders with the updated feature.

    • Justin
      November 14, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I want to save it to a specific folder on my computer. Not to google drive.

  2. Jake Liston
    November 14, 2013 at 10:18 am

    This is interesting. There seems to be a lot happening in this space. I've been using Dropbox to backup scanned copies of my important receipts. The other day, I came across a startup, Unioncy, that basically let's you sync your receipts folder with their service and they process the receipts to create 'product cards' with all the information you need like warranty information, product recalls, manuals, etc. And they structure your receipt details into useful information. To me, services like Unioncy, add a lot more value than Drive or Dropbox alone... Seems to work ok for now and data is portable...

    • Saikat B
      November 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      Unioncy sounds interesting. Thanks for the mention.

  3. Brian George
    November 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Bad idea! What if you have slow internet? The more garbage Google adds, the more people leave. Outlook ftw!

  4. Sarah Dawson
    November 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    And if ever Google decides to shut down your account through no fault of your own...all your attachments are gone!

    • Saikat B
      November 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

      That's a risk we all take with free accounts. To be fair, any service that shuts down does give time and an exit strategy.