Google Enhances Gmail with Multiple Attachments Select and Progress Bar
Article by George Norman
On 26 Feb 2009
I don’t know if the Mountain View search engine giant is trying to make up for the Gmail outage from a little while back, but I am glad to see that Google is constantly improving their email client. The latest enhancements made to Gmail refer to attaching various files to an outgoing email. The fact that you can attach multiple files to a message is not new(s); what is new is the fact that now you can do so in a much easier manner.

Software Engineer with Gmail, Wes Carr explains: “Up until today, it's been a little tedious to send large or multiple attachments with an email. You had to select each attachment individually and you never knew how long it would be before those bigger files were ready to send. Today, we're making some changes to the way Gmail attachments work. If you want to send a few files from the same folder, simply hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd on OS X) and click on each file you want to attach to your message. You can also hold down the Shift key to select a continuous list of files.”


The simple fact of the matter is that having to select attachments one at a time was not only a time waster, it was also rather annoying. Not to mention the fact that you could easily lose track of the files you already attached. This new feature makes for a better user experience by taking out the repetitiveness out of attaching files to outgoing messages.

The second enhancement that Google issued to their mail client refers to the way these attachments are uploaded. Until now you could only sit there and wait while Gmail uploaded your files, you had no way of knowing how much more it will take for the task to finish. No more, because Gmail now features a simple but useful progress bar.

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