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?