Google introduced the much awaited Google Drive yesterday giving users 5GB of free cloud storage. However, with that introduction it looks like Gmail has removed the option to save Gmail attachments in Google Docs and only provides options to view the document and download it. This is definitely a pain since I could easily save documents to Google Docs without problems in the past.
If you are like me and want that feature back, you can do that with a Google Chrome extension. The "Gmail Attachments to Drive" extension allows you to quickly save Gmail attachments straight to Google Drive by clicking a link. This saves you a lot of trouble because you no longer have to open the file before saving it to Google Docs. Secondly, this extension allows you to store any type of files in Google Drive.
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Once you install the extension you will see an additional link to save the file to Google Drive. Clicking on the link should open a new window and save the file to your Google Drive account. Currently the files are stored in the main folder of Google Drive. You can easily move it to custom folders by visiting your Google Drive account.
If you are a Dropbox user, you can also save Gmail Attachments directly to your Dropbox account as well.