Dropbox for Gmail: A new way to add Dropbox files to Gmail

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Cloud storage and file sharing platform Dropbox has launched a new Google Chrome extension that enables Gmail users to easily attach files or documents from their Dropbox accounts.

The extension is now available in the Chrome web store, and once installed, adds a Dropbox button to the compose screen which appears when writing a new email in Gmail.

If you click on the button, you’ll be able to select all of the files in your Dropbox folder, which you can now easily attach to the email.

However, rather than actually attaching the file, the Dropbox for Gmail extension inserts a link to the Dropbox file and displays it as a preview so that the recipient of the email can see what file is being shared with them before they open the link and download the file.

Dropbox for Gmail example

This is what Dropbox for Gmail looks like when you compose an email.

Dropbox launched a similar integration feature with Yahoo! mail back in 2013 and also offers a separate extension for Google Chrome, which allows users to save an access files saved to Dropbox to the Chrome web browser, although the Dropbox for Gmail extension is the first time the cloud storage service has offered integration with Google’s secure webmail.

Dropbox for Gmail is available on any device that uses the Chrome web browser.

You can download the beta version of the extension here.

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