Gmail users could for the first time save files attached to emails directly to their Google Drive (online storage) without having to download the files to their computer thanks to an update last week.
The long-awaited feature, announced last Tuesday, was one of several improvements for handling attachments in Gmail and Google Apps, which centred on a new file preview mode at the end of an email. The preview showed a thumbnail image of photos, videos, spreadsheets and PDFs. Each thumbnail could be downloaded or saved to Google Drive, or there were buttons to save all files to Google Drive or download them all.
Clicking on a preview brought up a full-screen view of the image or document. The new feature let users read, search for a particular phrase, or browse through multiple attachments right in Gmail.
Once a file had been saved in Google Drive it could be shared with others who could access the file from any device – computer, phone or tablet.
The attachments upgrade was available on desktop and would be rolling out to Gmail users over the next week. Google claims it had 120 million active Google Drive users.
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