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GMail: 5 things you may not know you can do with attachments

While attachments’ days may be waning, here’re five things you may not know you can do with Gmail to make sending, receiving, viewing, and finding attachments easier:

  1. Simply drag files from your desktop right into message you’re composing and they’ll upload from there.
  2. just multi-select the files you want to attach by holding down Ctrl key (or Command on a Mac) and clicking on each file you want to attach. Holding down Shift key will select a continuous list of files.
  3. Gmail looks for phrases in your email that suggest you meant to attach a file (things like “I’ve attached” or “see attachment”) and warns you if it looks like you forgot to do so.
  4. When you receive an attachment, sometimes you just want to view it and there’s no need to download or save to your desktop. Google Docs viewer allows you to view .pdf, .ppt, and .tiff files in your browser. Just click “View” link.
  5. If you’re looking for an attachment someone has sent to you, Gmail’s advanced search operators can help you find what you’re looking for quickly and accurately:
    • To find all messages that contain attachments: has:attachment
    • To find all messages from your friend David that contain attachments: from:david has:attachment
    • To find all messages that have .pdf attachments: has:attachment pdf
    • To find a specific attachment named physicshomework.txt: filename:physicshomework.txt


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