The previous version of Gmail had a useful feature to help you quickly save an email message in Gmail as a Google Document in your Google Drive. You could open an email thread inside Gmail, choose the Create a Document menu option (see screenshot) and the message would be exported to Google Docs.

The “Save as Google Document” feature is no longer available in Gmail but if you are using Gmail inside Chrome, or have one of the official Gmail mobile apps, you can use Google Cloud Print to save your email messages inside Google Drive, one by one.

It works likes this. Open an email message in Gmail, choose the Print option and select “Send To Google Drive” as the destination printer available under Google Cloud Print. It will save the message as a PDF file in your Drive. If your email contains any attachments, they aren’t saved to Drive.

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Send your Emails from Gmail to Google Drive

There’s an even better option as well that will work everywhere.

All you to do is apply the label “PDF” to any email thread in Gmail and the message, along with all the included file attachments, will get saved to your Drive. Unlike the previous options that can only work against individual message, this one can save a batch of messages automatically. Just apply the label “PDF” and a copy of those message would show up in your Drive in few minutes.

Here’s how you can setup the Google Script for your Gmail account.

  1. Click here to copy the Google Sheet in your Google Drive.
  2. From the Save PDF menu in the sheet, choose Authorize and grant the necessary permissions. It’s save – see the source code.
  3. Go to the Save PDF menu again and choose Run. Close the Google sheet.

Now you can go back to Gmail, apply the label PDF to any message and it will show up in a particular Drive Folder (you can specify the folder name in cell D5 of the sheet).

The best thing here is that you can save Gmail emails to Google Drive from anywhere and not just Chrome or Gmail’s mobile app. Just apply the label PDF and the script will take care of the rest.

And because the saved PDFs will automatically download to your desktop if the Google Drive client is running, you can use this tool to always have access to your important emails even while you are offline mode. See more awesome Google Scripts.