Dropbox just keeps getting better by the day. Although the tool offers a host of options to share its contents, the company keeps finding a way to get things done quicker. Its latest move is the launch of the Dropbox for Gmail Extension for Chrome (beta edition.). This extension adds a Dropbox icon inside your Compose box in Gmail, so that you can directly add links to items that are in your Dropbox account into the Gmail compose message window. Let’s take a look at how the extension works.
Dropbox for Gmail Extension in Action
1. Head over to the Chrome Web Store and install the free Dropbox for Gmail Extension.
2. Once installed you can open up your Gmail account and hit the Compose button on the left pane.
3. In the Compose window, at the bottom right corner of the screen, a pop up message will indicate that the Dropbox icon has been added. Click Got it!
4. In the next screen, click Sign in and then enter your Dropbox credentials in the required fields.
5. You will then be shown all your Dropbox files. Select the file or files you want to share with your email recipients and click Insert link.
The link to the files in your Dropbox account are automatically inserted into your Gmail message. The message recipients will see a preview of the linked files and will get an idea of what the link contains before they click on it.
Dropbox for Gmail Extension is in beta but we did not have any issues or hiccups while using the extension. The extension is super easy and convenient to use and is a must have if you often email Dropbox items to your friends and colleagues.
Key Features of Dropbox for Gmail Extension
- Lets you send and preview Dropbox files and links without leaving your Gmail window.
- Saves time by making it really easy to share and review important stuff via email links.
- Allows you to seamlessly share large files and save Inbox space.
- Lets you quickly find files via the Recent Files tab or the Search tool.
- Allows you to see rich previews of Dropbox links shared in emails.
- Allows you to download filed directly from Gmail or add it to your Dropbox.
If you are a Dropbox and Gmail user, be sure to check it out!