I’m slowly beginning to like Google Docs & Spreadsheets for certain purposes but it is still far away from becoming my primary word processor. One cool trick that I found when preparing to upload a document was instructions on how you could email a file to yourself and have it appear in Google Documents. Actually, you don’t even have to attach a file because it can just turn the text from the body of the email into a document.

All you need to do is use the email address that they provide on the upload screen which can be seen in the screenshot above. One thing I definitely don’t like is the fact that you can’t have it randomly generate another email address incase someone gets their hands on it, which is why I blurred out several of the characters. As you can tell by the email address this still goes to the Writely servers so Google has not switched this feature over to their own servers yet. That means you can only do this with your text documents and not with spreadsheets.

Here are the instructions they provide for doing this:

  • Enter some text and send the message.

    – The message text will be entered into a new online document.
    – The title of the document will be the subject of the email message.

  • Or, attach a supported document (HTML files and plain text (.txt), Microsoft Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf), OpenDocument Text (.odt) and StarOffice (.sxw))

    – Each attached document will be converted to HTML and appear as a separate document.
    – The title of each document will be the file name of each attachment. 
    – With attachments, the message text itself will be ignored.