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Open Office attachments from Gmail in Google Docs, Sheets or Slides with one click


Using Docs, Sheets, and Slides, we make it easy to access, edit, and collaborate on Microsoft Office files sent and received on Gmail. We're adding, with this launch:

  • Open Office files in Docs, Sheets, or Slides with one click - You will see an edit icon anytime you send or receive an email with an Office file attached, which will open the file directly in Docs, Sheets, or Slides while conserving its original file format.

  • Easily reply to the email from within the file - When the file is opened, from the File menu in Docs, Sheets, or Slides, you will have new options to react to the email thread.

Reasons to use this feature

This option will let anyone view, edit & collaborate on MS files emailed straight away in Docs, Sheets & Slides. This can be named as a very efficient way. Previously, users would have to save a file to Drive before being able to use G Suite’s Office editing features. This launch makes things easier to open & reply to mail threads which contain office files. 

When you receive an Office file in Gmail, click the Edit icon to quickly open the file to view, edit, and collaborate. 

After opening an Office file from Gmail, you’ll see new options in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides File menu to reply with a file, or open the original message. 


Available to Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus, as well as G Suite Basic, Business, Education, Enterprise for Education, and Nonprofits customers 


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