That was quick. Shortly after we posted leaked screenshots today of an updated attachments experience for Gmail, Google has now made the announcement official on its Drive blog. As expected, the attachments UI includes much deeper Google Drive integration, allowing users to easily view and save files to Google Drive without having to leave their inbox. You’ll be able to click a new Drive icon next to attachments and select a folder to save to right within Gmail (pictured right).
As you can see in the gif above, the new attachments also include new previews for photos, videos, spreadsheets, PDFs and more, and clicking a preview will launch a new slideshow style full-screen view of the file directly in Gmail. This is what the new full-screen preview mode looks like:
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Google isn’t forcing users to use Google Drive with the new attachments experience. There’s still an option to download the file locally next to the button for saving to Drive.
Google says the new attachments experience will be rolling out to everyone on the desktop over the next week.