Edit Office Gmail Attachments in Google Drive Apps

Gmail now lets you edit Microsoft Office attachments with a single click: mouse over an attachment and click "Edit with Google Docs" for Word documents, "Edit with Google Slides" for PowerPoint presentations or "Edit with Google Sheets" for Excel spreadsheets. "You can then start editing and enjoying the full benefits of a single document to keep track of, access from anywhere, and full revision history," informs Google.

When you click a Gmail attachment, Google lets you preview its content inside Gmail. You can also save the file to Google Drive, but it's not converted automatically to a format that can be edited by Google's apps.

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets now support "15 new Office formats - including presentation show files (PPS, PPSX), macro-enabled files, and template files - all with improved charts, images, and tables support." Unfortunately, macros will be removed from macro file formats upon conversion. Here's the full list of new formats that can be converted:

* DOT, DOTX, DOTM, DOCM - Word files
* XLT, XLTX, XLTM, XLSM - Excel files
* POT, POTX, POTM, PPTM, PPS, PPSX, PPSM - PowerPoint files

If you'd like to edit files without converting them to Google's formats, you can usethis Chrome extension.

Image Options in Google Docs

Google Docs added a cool feature that was already available in Google Slides: you can now change image options. Right click an image, pick "image options" from the menu or click the image and use the "image options" feature from the Format menu. You can change the color of the image using filters in the "Recolor" section and adjust transparency, brightness and contrast.

While the new features are pretty useful, Google Docs should include more powerful image editing tools, like the ones that are available in Google+ Photos. Hopefully, Google manages to build an HTML5 image editing widget that could be added to any Google service, so you can quickly edit Gmail's image attachments, photos uploaded to Blogger, images from Google Docs documents and Google Drive photos.

{ via Google Apps Updates }

Merge Table Cells in Google Docs

There are still basic features that are missing from Google's online office suite. For example, you couldn't merge table cells in a Google Docs document until yesterday, when this feature was added.

Select multiple rows or columns, right click and pick "Merge cells" from the menu. You can also find this feature in the Table menu. If you change your mind, use the "Unmerge cells" menu item.

"Merged table cells can span more than one row and/or column. Merged table cells in Word documents can now be imported as well," informs Google.