How to Save Files to Google Drive from Gmail

So this might be a silly post.

It’s actually something that I have been thinking about for a long time.

One of the features that has been missing from Gmail is a way to save an attachment directly to Google Drive.

It seemed ridiculous that this feature did not exist.

It is just such an intuitive feature especially if you are using a Chromebook.

I scoured the Internet to find a way to do this.

I found outdated solutions that used Google Drive scripts and such.

I created IFTTT rules.

But those solutions were all overly complicated.

So how do you save to Google Drive from Gmail now?

It is integrated. Each attachment shows up at the bottom of your message as an icon.

If you click on the icon, a preview will popup.

When you hover over the icon, there will also be an icon to download the attachment or Save it to Google Drive.

When you save it to Google Drive, it gives you the option to choose which folder you want it saved in or create a new folder.

If it is a spreadsheet, document, or otherwise editable, it will give you an icon to edit it. (That’s the pencil).

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So now Gmail is perfect.

For now.