Google is leveraging Chrome’s extensive support for the latest HTML5 spec to roll out interesting new features that are available first on their own browser first, like dropping file attachments directly onto the Gmail compose window. The latest version of Chrome has enabled another nice perk, the ability to paste images from your system clipboard into the Gmail compose window.

Just copy an image from your favorite image editing program, a web page, another email message or any other source and paste it right into your Gmail message using the standard CTRL + V shortcut (Command + V on Macs). You’ll need to wait a while until the image uploads, depending on your screen resolution. Daniel Cheng, a Google software engineer wrote in a blog post that the new feature is especially handy for passing screenshots…

All you need to do is hit the Print Screen key on your keyboard to capture contents of your screen into clipboard and simply paste it into an email message. This eliminates the need to go through the ordeal of pasting clipboard contents into your paint program and saving the image file on your computer before uploading it manually. We’ll be using this handy nice-to-have, that’s for sure. “While this currently only works in Chrome, we hope to enable it on other browsers soon”, Cheng noted.

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