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Monday, April 30, 2012

Handling gMail attachments

In gMail, the "traditional" rules for handling email attachments have changed. Specifically, it IS now safe to open attachments directly in your email. Attachments open in the Google Docs Viewer, which can open many kinds of attachments directly in your browser without downloading. NOTE: viewing an attachment in gMail does NOT make it into a Google Doc, even though the appearance is similar.

Downloading attachments may still be preferable if you need to edit them, OR you can change non-PDF documents into Google Docs that you can edit and share:

  1. Choose "View" to open that attachment

  2. Choose "Save in Google Docs" (upper right)

  3. Edit as needed. To "return" the edited document to the sender, simply SHARE your new document back to them!