And with Google+ already having locked up shop since April 2019, no doubt the Big Tech Giant are trying to make utmost use of what’s available to them.
With Google looking for means to speed up the process of sending files over mail between individuals, with much of their time consumed when inserting images, pasting data, or attaching important documents into an email, a collaboration with storage providers for Dropbox will no doubt prove quite a big helping hand.
What the heck is the DropBox Gmail Stuff?
Have you ever spent an entire day searching for DropBox files or one’ you have saved on your Google Drive? You pretty much should know the stress involved especially when there are too many of them.
DropBox for Gmail comes with an amazing new strategy to help make things quicker and easier for people who spend all day searching for files they have stored on file storage services or copying and pasting links.
It can admittedly get a little feisty for you and your computer when you’re doing it often enough! Just ask Jack about the other day.
How can I do this?
With Compose Actions, you get to take care of most of these actions by adding certain special Chrome Extensions right from your Gmail message draft, with little to no fuss.
There’s a wide variety of new Compose Actions found in Gmail Add-ons, which come in the form of Chrome Extensions you can download straight from your browser.
Right now, four plugin integrations for different storage services are up for grabs for all Gmail users, including Box, Dropbox, Atlassian, and Egnyte.
All you have to do to get things up and running with the Dropbox for Gmail extension and Compose Action, hang on this page. It’s actually very easy to do as you don’t have to be that tech savvy to be able to do this.
Each of the new extensions is available on GSuite MarketPlace which assuredly you don’t need an account for, just follow the below steps:
- First, you’ll need to Install the Dropbox for Gmail Chrome Extension from the G Suite Marketplace (as previously stated, you don’t need an account for this).
- Next, you will have to click on “Add to Chrome” just as you do when trying to add a new extension to your browser.
NB: If you already have the extension installed by chance or without realizing it, you’ll be presented with a button to “Remove from Chrome” DONT carry out step two then.
- For everyone else, after a click on the “add” button, you will get a “Checking…” response with the app pops up notifying you of the extension’s permissions.
- The whole stuff runs through the whole process for you, doesn’t take very long, and you’ll be good to go in seconds.
- Head over to your Gmail account and click on the “Compose new message”. This is probably the first time you’ll have used this extension, so you’ll see a screen notifying you of the Dropbox extension.
NB: You may need to have an account on either of DropBox or any other service to use these different extensions.
- Click on “Get started” and you’ll be prompted to sign in to your Dropbox account. If you don’t have one, just create one and come back to this screen.
- Once you’re signed in to Dropbox, you’ll see a list of the files you have available to you.
- Select one of the files by hitting the check-marks near the files you want to attach and click “Choose.”
- Once you’ve clicked “Choose,” your file will instantly be added to your draft. That’s it, you’re done!
- You can complete your message as usual from there on.
This is a really important feature as you get to directly attach your files without having to download and re-upload to Gmail all over. It also pays the bucks especially when it a large file to be transferred.
In the future, when you want to get to Dropbox while in a draft again, simply click the small Dropbox “box” icon in the lineup of email formatting tools to open the window once more.
Googles’ new Compose Actions can all be found via the G Suite Marketplace, and Google says there are more coming soon, though there’s no word on what might be coming next.
For now, Gmail can’t completely write your entire message for you just yet, but with the many competition surrounding email service world and their longtime rivals Yahoo Mail rearing its head, no doubt, they are trying hard to make the process as a whole much easier for you.