Gmail is making it much easier to edit Office attachments

Gmail is making it much easier to edit Office attachments

If co-workers and acquaintances frequently send Office attachments to your Gmail account, we have some good news. Google today announced that users are now able to open and edit Office attachments directly in Gmail.

“We’re making it easier to view, edit, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files sent and received in Gmail using Docs, Sheets, and Slides,” Google said.

From now on, when you send or receive an email with an Office file attached, you’ll see an edit icon. Press it, and the file will open directly in Docs, Sheets, or Slides while preserving the original file format. Google said that Gmail users would also see a new option to respond to the email thread from the File menu in Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Office editing for Gmail

Before today’s update, users would first have to save the Office attachment to drive before editing it. This new method is much more seamless and convenient. Google this year has expanded compatibility with Office documents for Google Workspace users. In September, the search giant updated its suite of apps to allow Android users to collaborate on Office files.

Meanwhile, in October, Google Workspace was updated to open Office files directly into edit mode, rather than first presenting users with a dropdown to select what app they want to use.

With many more people working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has prioritized introducing updates for workers. From new features in Workspace to improvements in Meet, the search giant has done a lot of great work to help ease the transition of working from home.

Google said that the new functionality is rolling out beginning today but might not be visible to everyone for a few weeks. The search giant said Google Workspace Essentials and Enterprise Essentials customers won’t have access to the new feature.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.