Google Updates Gmail, Allows Attachment To Drive
November 13, 2013

Gmail Update Allows Direct Attachments To Drive Accounts

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Google unveiled new Gmail features on Tuesday that allow users to save attachments directly to their Google Drive accounts from within an email message.

While attachments could previously be viewed from within Gmail messages, the new Drive integration feature means users can now save files to the Google Drive folder of their choice without having to download them to their computer.

The new feature, which is available on desktop, works for all types of files, from photos and videos to spreadsheets and PDFs, Google said in a blog post on Tuesday announcing the update.

To save a file to Drive from within Gmail, users simply click on the Drive button that appears when hovering over attachment previews at the bottom of an e-mail. Users can also move the file to a specific Drive folder without ever leaving their e-mail account, Google said.

The update also adds full-screen views of attachments prior to downloading or saving them to Drive, and lets users search for a particular phrase in a document or browse through multiple attachments while still in Gmail.

Google noted that Tuesday’s update only works within Gmail, so people using desktop e-mail apps or other clients to access Gmail won't be able to save attachments directly to Google Drive the same way.

Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management at Google, said the new attachment experience would be rolled out to all Gmail users within the coming week.

“If you’re one of the more than 120 million active Drive users, you know that saving your files to Drive lets you get to them from any computer, phone or tablet. And if you aren’t taking advantage of Drive just yet, give it a try with your next Gmail attachment.”

This new feature is more convenient for Drive users — saving an attachment to Drive makes it instantly accessible from a variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets — but it also makes it easier for Google to keep you within the Gmail browser window and sell more Drive storage.