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How to replace the attachment icon for Gmail in Chrome [Tip]

As you can see in your Gmail account, every file attachment is represented by a paper clip icon. Apparently, the attachment icon is the same for every attached file regardless if it’s an image, a spreadsheet, PDF or Word document.

Now, what if you want to know the type of file being attached without opening your email first? Come to think of it, this can help you save a lot of time in managing your emails. Well, in this case, all you need to do is to replace the default paper clip icon in Gmail with a better set of attachment icons.

How to replace the paper clip attachment icon in Gmail

Replace attachment icons for Gmail [1]

Note: This method only works if you’re loading Gmail in Chrome

View all emails with attachment [3]

So that’s it. As you can notice, instead of showing up the usual paper clip icon for file attachments, your Gmail inbox is now displaying an icon that shows the type of file attached.

change attachment icon Gmail Chrome [4]

change attachment icon Gmail Chrome b [5]

Just keep in mind that the paper clip icon will still be used for unsupported file formats. As of now, the add-on currently supports the following file types – xls, doc, docx, zip, rar, tgz, tar, pdf, tiff, jpg, bmp, gif, png, odt, ods, odp, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, txt, rtf, php, xml, exe, mp3, wma, wav, ogg, html, java, vcf, css, js, wmv, mpeg, avi, ics, mov, svg, Revit and AutoCAD.