Google is always finding ways to improve and enhance its services. Sometimes the updates are fairly major, while others a minor bump is enough to make a notable difference. The latter's the case with a new feature now available in GMail on the desktop, mobile site, and mobile app: the search function can now return results that include text inside of attachments.

Before today, you could only locate specific attachments by searching for the the filename or file type. Now, however, the search tool can also read text inside of DOC, PDF, PPT, and other Drive-associated files.

The one downside that we found is that it doesn't show you which attachment the data was located. That's slightly annoying, but it's still a step in the right direction.


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  • Freak4Dell

    Insert obligatory complaint about there still not being pinch-to-zoom here.

  • http://revengeofthepc.com Ethan Madison

    I noticed this a few days ago and assumed it was an older feature that I never knew about. Well, now I know it's new.

    • Andreas

      It's not new. Or at least, it's been part of Google Apps for Business for a long time. Personally, I've never found a use for it, but I'm sure a lot of people will so it's good they're expanding it.

  • grellanl

    Yup, I'm not interested in any other feature until it gets pinch-to-zoom. Flicking sideways between messages is an abomination at present - it shouldn't flick across unless you're at the edge of the message, but that's not how it happens. If you could zoom out, the problem goes away.

  • http://twitter.com/panagiotisgr panagiώtis

    they late to give it to public. they searching our mails and attachments for a while now