Google Chrome

Google Chrome version 90 or later has a new feature. This feature will let users attach any file in Gmail by just copying and pasting the file. This feature will be available for all major operating systems like Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Linux.

In the latest version, Google added an experimental feature call “Clipboard Filenames” in its browser. When you enable this feature in the browser, it will allow you to attach the files in email via copy and pasting. You just need to copy a file in your file manager and paced it in the compose window in Gmail on your Google Chrome browser.

This feature is available for all Operating systems including Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Linux. We have tested it on our Windows PC and it works completely fine. For some users, this feature may lag or didn’t work properly because it is an experimental feature. The chrome flags include all the experimental features or the features that the necessary for the developers.

How to Enable and Use this feature in Google Chrome

First, you need to update your Chrome browser to version 90. Google automatically updates Google Chrome whenever a new update is available. But sometimes it didn’t and gave the user option to manually update the browser.

  • Open Google Chrome Browser
  • Click on the three dots on the top right corner
  • Then Click on help from the menu list and click on about chrome
  • You will see your browser version number. If it isn’t on the latest version then there will be an update option. Remember when you update the browser you have to restart it.
  • If your browser is up to date, it will show “Google Chrome is up to date”.
  • Next, in the chrome tab, you have to enter the command “chrome://flags” to open chrome flags.

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  • The Google Chrome experimental window will open.

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  • In the search bar at the top search for the “Clipboard filenames”.

  • Click on the Drop-down menu next to “Clipboard filenames” and choose enabled from then list.

  • In the last, click on the Relaunch option at the bottom of your browser to relaunch Google Chrome. If you didn’t relaunch the browser then the settings will not be saved and the feature will not work.

Once you enabled the settings in the Chrome flag, open Gmail in the Google Chrome Browser.

In Gmail click on the Compose button to open the compose window.

Now, copy any file from your PC’s file manager. To do that Right Click on the file you want to copy and select “Copy” from the list. You can also use the command “Ctrl + C” to copy a file.

Next, go to the same compose window in the Gmail you just open. Right, Click on anywhere in the compose section and select “Paste” from the list. You can also use the command “Ctrl + V” to paste a file.

Your file will be attached to the compose window and you can send it to whom you want to.

This feature will not work properly when you try to attach an image file. For images, you have to use the traditional method by clicking on the paper clip icon in the compose window and select the image.

Experiencing difficulties with your Device, check out our “How To” page on how to resolve some of these issues.


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