Gmail Lets You Send Attachments While Offline

    November 24, 2009
    Chris Crum

Google has introduced a feature that lets you send attachments in Gmail while you’re offline. It works the same way as it would online, except that you can’t include inline images.

"If you have Offline Gmail enabled, you’ll notice that all your mail now goes through the outbox, regardless of whether you’re online or offline," says Google software engineer Andy Palay. "This allows Gmail to capture all attachments, even if you suddenly get disconnected from network. If you’re online, your mail will quickly be sent along to its destination."

To get Offline Gmail, you have to go to the Labs tab in Gmail. Then select "enable" next to the offline Gmail option, and save you changes:

Offline Gmail

Once you reload the browser, there will be an "Offline" link in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail page, by your username. The link will take you to Offline Gmail’s set-up. You will have to download Google Gears if you don’t already have it installed on you machine.

On a related note, Google is calling upon Gmail users to send them photos of themselves using Gmail offline in "unusual places." They are planning a blog post showcasing the most interesting ones. This could be part of a bigger plan to show people different cases where using Gmail offline can be handy, considering Google’s big push for Google Apps of late.

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