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Gmail Adds Drag & Drop Attachments & Calendar Invitations

Gordon Kelly


Gmail Adds Drag & Drop Attachments & Calendar Invitations

Gmail, Gmail, you have won our hearts over the years and a constantly improving feature set has been firmly behind that, but finally, finally, finally, finally you've added two basics that have been lacking for far too long...

In a double announcement Google has revealed Gmail now has drag and drop support for attachments and the ability to insert calendar invitations into emails.

The first couldn't be simpler - and thankfully after so much thinking time is very gracefully done: just drag a file, or files, onto the subject line area and Gmail will switch layout to display a 'Drop files here to add them as attachments' message. Do that and voila! Easy, elegant and long overdue (though currently supported only by Firefox and Chrome browsers for now).

As for calendar invitations, the option to 'Insert: Invitation' has been added alongside 'Attach a file' and once clicked creates a invitation box which looks much like that seen in Google Calendar. If shared calendars are present they can show when fellow recipients are/aren't busy, though once sent the invitations are simply added automatically into all parties' calendars rather than relying on a yes/no reply which is a disappointment.

Both drag & drop and invitations have gone live immediately and it is noticeable Google hasn't messed around by putting them in Labs, they are hardwired into all Gmail and Google Apps accounts.


Drag & Drop Blog Post

Invitations Blog Post


April 16, 2010, 10:35 am

Brilliant news.... But when are they going to sort the 'Categories' out. Syncing to Outlook and mobile would be oh so sublime with categories added as a feature. I can't believe Google hasn't implemented this feature yet as there are sooooo many asking for it!!

Come on Google, this would be the creme-da-la-creme for business users


April 16, 2010, 12:05 pm

Works great. Good to see Google Apps get it at the same time. Still waiting for Buzz.


April 16, 2010, 1:44 pm



April 16, 2010, 5:07 pm

@chromedome - never going to happen I'm afraid. Google has repeated time and again that it is sticking with the label model. I actually think labels are far better than folders, but agree: the issue comes when looking to sync. Why folders can't simply be interpreted as labels though is beyond me?

@ravmania - everyone has Buzz, it was rolled out to all accounts within 24 hours of launch so it will be there somewhere. Try checking the very bottom of your Gmail page where the line "Turn on Buzz"/"Turn off Buzz" should be situated.


April 16, 2010, 5:50 pm

Well categories aren't folders, so makes sense to me that importing would convert labels to categories. Surely you could set up a filter to do it somehow.


April 16, 2010, 6:22 pm

Very nice, loving the drag & drop. Pity I still can't drag images into the message body, but then I never thought GMail would be able achieve drag & drop attachments, so fair play to them.

I suppose the fact that this feature isn't compatible with all browsers indicates that not all browsers have the technology necessary to achieve this interface, or they go about it in different ways.


April 16, 2010, 7:55 pm

@Chris - Google hasn't said it the drag and drop functionality comes via HTML5 - which could explain it.


April 16, 2010, 9:47 pm

@Gordon - Yep, figures. Cheers.


April 16, 2010, 10:12 pm


Can't see a buzz option anywhere?


April 17, 2010, 4:33 pm


Check your Gmail settings (link in top right of Gmail).

The last tab (on the right) of settings lets you configure Buzz.


April 19, 2010, 1:37 pm


There are far more fundamental differences between gmail and outlook, which make the two systems incompatible at the moment. For me, the greatest annoyance is that gmail only has one "name" field, whereas Outlook has one for "first" name and one for "last". This means that when I see a list of all my contacts on my phone, including the ones synced from Gmail and the ones synced from outlook, I end up with a right old jumble.

Ron Boudreau

September 20, 2013, 6:06 pm

It use to be I received an invite and all I had to do was accept it and it was in my Calendar...now what is this with the download that my
pc doesn't recognize

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