Preview attachments before download

Attachments to Gmail messages reside “in the cloud” (online) and are only copied to your computer when you download them for viewing.

You can save disk space (and time) by previewing attachments without downloading them. Here’s how:

  1. Open an email with an attachment.
  2. Click the View link by the attached file. Gmail opens a new browser window or tab to display a preview of the attached file.