Over the next two weeks, Google will be making it easier to natively edit Office files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides which come to you as Gmail attachments by adding a pencil icon to the attachment itself. This means that opening these files will now just take one click! Previously, you’d have to click the ‘add to Drive’ button and then organize the file into a specific folder before then visiting Drive to open it manually.
Additionally, you’ll be able to respond to the email thread from the file menu in Docs, Sheets, and Slides while editing so that when you’re done, you can simply reattach the file with a few clicks as opposed to returning to Gmail, opening the email itself, replying and attaching the modified document. These changes will roll out automatically and there is no action needed on behalf of the Admin or their end-users.
We’re hoping that regular Google account users will also receive this update. Google has been pretty good about rolling out new Workspace updates to standard users simultaneously, so my guess is that it won’t be long before everyone else will also benefit from this. We’re trying something new below to simplify how we show you who these Workspace updates are available to by placing them on one line each and separating them into the categories “available” and “not available”. Let us know in the comments if this is a welcome change!
Workspace Business StarterAvailable
G Suite Basic
G Suite for Business
G Suite for Education
Enterprise for Education
Workspace EssentialsNOT available
Enterprise Essentials customers
Standard Google Accounts