Google announced a new integration of Google Drive into Gmail today, enabling users to easily add files from Google Drive to email messages.
From the compose box, you will find a button with a Google Drive icon, which will enable you to insert files using Drive.
“Have you ever tried to attach a file to an email only to find out it’s too large to send? Now with Drive, you can insert files up to 10GB — 400 times larger than what you can send as a traditional attachment,” says Gmail product manager Phil Sharp in a blog post. “Also, because you’re sending a file stored in the cloud, all your recipients will have access to the same, most-up-to-date version.”
“Like a smart assistant, Gmail will also double-check that your recipients all have access to any files you’re sending,” add Sharp. “This works like Gmail’s forgotten attachment detector: whenever you send a file from Drive that isn’t shared with everyone, you’ll be prompted with the option to change the file’s sharing settings without leaving your email. It’ll even work with Drive links pasted directly into emails.”
You can use the tool to send documents, photos, videos, presentations.
The feature is rolling out over the course of the next few days, so you might have to wait a while before you actually see it.