Gmail’s just received a small but nifty update: If you’re using Chrome, you can now drag attachments from emails and drop them onto your desktop to save them.
Open an email with an attachment and hover your mouse pointer over the attachment’s icon — you should see a tooltip that says “Click to view OR drag to your desktop to save”. Simply drag the file to where you’d like to save it (to your desktop or anywhere on your file system). Saving larger files may bring up a progress bar.
This is a fairly minor change, but along with with some other recent updates (like the ability to drag and drop files onto emails to attach them, and to drag and drop images into emails), helps to make Gmail feel much more like desktop email clients like Outlook and Thunderbird. This update is currently only available in Chrome; I expect that Firefox and Safari support will follow shortly.
(Note: I’ve tested this successfully on both Windows and Mac, though I had to re-start Chrome on my Mac to get it to work).
What other desktop app-like abilities would you like to see in Gmail?
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