DOC Stories June 22, 2015

Google Docs now supports more image types when converting Microsoft Office files

Google has announced today that it is expanding the types of images it supports when converting Microsoft Office files to Google Docs. Previously, supported image file types included JPEG, PNG, EMF, and WMF. Now, a greater number of less common image types are also supported. Google Docs can now convert larger images, more file formats (specifically including TIFF), and images with color profiles other than RGB.

Starting today, larger images, images in less common formats (like TIFF), and images with non-RGB color profiles (like CMYK), can also be imported to and exported from the Google Docs editors on the web successfully. Check out the Help Center for more information on converting files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

This is a useful update if you commonly find that your Microsoft Office documents aren’t being properly converted when moving them to Google Docs — or, likewise, when you’re exporting them to use in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. You can head over to the Google Apps blog to read the original post, and Google sends you to the Help Center if you need more information about importing and exporting documents.

DOC Stories October 2, 2012

Gmail users can now search inside attachments

As noted by the Google Operating System blog, Gmail recently rolled out the ability to search inside of attachments stored in Gmail. While you have always been able to search for the file name of an attachment in Gmail, the text within attached PDFs, documents, and other files was not previously searchable from your inbox search bar. To access the feature, simply search for “has:attachment” followed by a keyboard or phrase you are trying to find within an attachment.

The good news is that Gmail has finally added support for searching inside attachments. I’ve just tested this feature for .pdf files, .doc documents, .ppt presentations and it works, even though some old attachments may not be indexed yet.

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