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Automatically save Gmail attachments to Dropbox or another cloud service

Reader Meg wants to know how she can save her Gmail folders to her Dropbox account.

She already tried something called SaveMyInbox, a Web service built expressly for the purpose of saving Gmail attachments to Dropbox, but balked at the $15 annual subscription fee.

I'm with you, Meg: I'm so cheap, I won't even tip my hat. Fortunately, there's a less-expensive (read: free) alternative that's actually even more versatile.

Attachments.me is a free service that can upload Gmail attachments to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive. Just install its browser plug-in (available for Chrome and Firefox), then link it with one or more of the aforementioned cloud services. (You'll need to grant permission, a one-time process.)

With that done, Attachments.me indexes all your attachments, then catalogs them for easy viewing and searching. With just a few clicks you can view, download, share, or archive an attachment.

Back in Gmail, just open any email that has an attachment, then click the blue Attachments.me button to upload it directly to your selected cloud account. You can also set up rules so that future emails from, say, a particular contact get automatically routed to Dropbox or wherever.

There's also an iOS app that lets you upload attachments to your cloud accounts and email files from them without having to first download them to your device. Amazingly, it's all free.

But a little confusing, I must admit, at least until you poke around a bit and figure out how everything works. (Check the support center if you get stuck.)

On the other hand, the price is right, and Attachments.me does help you organize your Gmail stuff between one cloud and another.

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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