Google has announced yet another new feature for Gmail today, its the ability to save documents directly to Google Drive from within the email itself. Just yesterday Gmail was updated to supercharge “quick action” buttons, which now support a variety of different services like OpenTable, Google Offers and more. The ability to save documents directly to Google Drive eliminates the need for downloading attachments on the device if you don’t want to, and since attachments are stored in the cloud, they’re easily accessible any time through any device, be it a computer, phone or tablet.
Emails in the Gmail inbox will now show previews of attached files at the bottom, everything from photos and videos to spreadsheets and PDFs will be previewed. Clicking on the preview will open a full screen view of the document in Gmail, here users can search for a particular phrase, browse through multiple attachments to just take a a quick peek at a file. Hover the cursor over the preview and a Drive button will appear, clicking on it will save the file to Google Drive. Those who want to download the attachments on their computer can click the arrow button. This new attachment experience will be rolling out over next week to Gmail desktop users.