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Tech tip: drag & drop email attachments to save to the desktop

In the never ending quest to be emancipated from Outlook and in an effort to move to the cloud, we continue to seek out ways to make Gmail more simple and useful. Today, Google announced some changes that will please those of you who still are impressed with Outlook.

Gmail is now fully drag and drop capable. Recently, Google announced that you can drag files from your desktop and drop them into a gmail message rather than the old fashioned way of clicking “attach file” then “browse” then selecting the file.

You can also embed images directly into an email through Gmail and today, the news is that Gmail attachments can be dragged from your email and dropped on to your desktop.

Gmail is what I like to call fully draggy and droppy and while it may seem trivial to you, if you’re a heavy email user like I am (average 150 sent and 300 non spam received daily), any step like this to save time is highly welcomed.

What could Gmail do that would convince you to switch from Outlook or your current email service? Tell us in comments what you think.

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Thad Schell

    August 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Real Estate News: Tech tip: drag & drop email attachments to save to the desktop

  2. Real Estate Feeds

    August 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Tech tip: drag & drop email attachments to save to the desktop: In the never ending quest to be emancipated from O…

  3. stephanie crawford

    August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    I’m still not in the cloud for email. I mean, my company has an Exchange server that keeps my Blackberry updated, but I still download to Outlook on my laptop. I really dislike they way gmail sets up contacts.

    However, I just ordered my forst Andriod phone so I suspect I’ll be moving into the cloud very, very soon.

  4. Nick Nymark

    August 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    That sounds great! I just tried the new drag and drop feature and I like it a little more than the “attach file” method.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      Nick, it’s certainly a time saver for me!

  5. Charlie Pitkin

    August 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    The cloud is raining attachments!

  6. Rob McCance

    August 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    The thing holding me back into Outlook is it’s integration with my CRM system, ACT!.

    About once a quarter, I email my entire database a link to something relevant on my site. I use the email merge where it sends an individual email to each contact (over 3,000) with their name at the top.

    Probably the Gmail can’t handle a task like this. But Ive had a Gmail account forever and love it for sure.


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