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December 3, 2014

Edit Office Gmail Attachments in Google Drive Apps

Gmail now lets you edit Microsoft Office attachments with a single click: mouse over an attachment and click "Edit with Google Docs" for Word documents, "Edit with Google Slides" for PowerPoint presentations or "Edit with Google Sheets" for Excel spreadsheets. "You can then start editing and enjoying the full benefits of a single document to keep track of, access from anywhere, and full revision history," informs Google.


When you click a Gmail attachment, Google lets you preview its content inside Gmail. You can also save the file to Google Drive, but it's not converted automatically to a format that can be edited by Google's apps.

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets now support "15 new Office formats - including presentation show files (PPS, PPSX), macro-enabled files, and template files - all with improved charts, images, and tables support." Unfortunately, macros will be removed from macro file formats upon conversion. Here's the full list of new formats that can be converted:

* DOT, DOTX, DOTM, DOCM - Word files
* XLT, XLTX, XLTM, XLSM - Excel files
* POT, POTX, POTM, PPTM, PPS, PPSX, PPSM - PowerPoint files

If you'd like to edit files without converting them to Google's formats, you can use this Chrome extension.

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