Create documents from emails in Team Folders and Secured Folders (in Gmail)

With the AODocs Smartbar installed, you can import your emails and their attachments from your Gmail interface into your Team Folder libraries and Secured Folder libraries. The Import into AODocs feature creates a new folder in your selected library and saves your emails as AODocs documents or as a zip archive in the new folder.

Before running the import, you can:

  • choose whether to import the email body
  • define the format of the email body (if you chose to import it)
  • select the attachments and inline images you want to keep
  • choose whether to import the email attachments as files or as a zip archive in your export folder

– The Import into AODocs button is available only if you can create a document in an AODocs library or if you have access to one or more Team Folders.
– The Import into AODocs feature isn't available in delegated accounts. A message appears to indicate that the operation must be run by the owner of the email account.

Import an email
           Access the import feature
           Select the destination library
           Define the format of the email to import
           Define which attachments to import
Access the new folder in your library from Google Drive

Import an email 

Access the import feature

1. Open the email to import.

2. Press the Import into AODocs button. The Email import into AODocs pop-up opens.


Select the destination library

1. In the Email import into AODocs pop-up, select the destination library. There are two ways to do this:

  • Select Recent location and choose from the most recent locations you imported to


  • Select Library name and choose a library from the library picker

Depending on your permissions, you can select a folder in your chosen target library or leave the Folder name field empty to import to the library root.

– You can type in the search field to find a library by its name.
You can press the star button to add a library to your favorites. Your favorite libraries are synchronized between AODocs and the Smartbar, so all your favorite libraries are listed in the library picker drop-down list. Learn more: Manage your favorite libraries.

You only have access to the Secured Folders libraries in which you can create documents.
You have access to all Team Folders libraries in which you have at least read rights. However, you can only import your emails into a Team Folder library in which you can create documents.

A message in the pop-up appears, indicating that a new folder will be created. The email subject becomes the name of your destination folder.

4. Press Next.


Define the format of the email to import

1. If required, activate the switch to import the body of your email.

NoteThe email body becomes a document in the folder and indicates the recipient, sender and date of receipt.

2. If you activated the switch, select one of these options:

  • A Google Document in the folder: the email is imported as a Google document 
  • A PDF in the folder: the email is imported as a PDF file

3. Define whether to import the original email in Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) format as an .eml file, attached to your AODocs document.

EML is a file extension for email messages in the MIME RFC 822 standard format.
An EML file contains all the original email data (headers, body and attachments).

This format is often used to archive emails. You can open EML files with most email clients like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

4. Press Next.


Define which attachments to import

1. If required, deselect any attachments you want to exclude from the import. By default, all email attachments are selected for import.

2. Define how to import the selected attachments:

  • If you don't activate the Import selected attachments as a ZIP archive: each selected email attachment becomes a separate document in the new folder.
  • If you activate the Import selected attachments as a ZIP archive: the selected email attachments are included in a zip archive, located in the new folder

3. Press Import

A confirmation message is displayed with a link to your new folder in your Google Drive interface.


 Your import choices are saved until you reload your Gmail page or leave it. If you want to import another email to AODocs, the previous options are automatically selected.
– If you import an email that's part of a conversation, its body will contain the bodies and inline images of previous emails in the conversation. Only the attachments of the imported email are imported.

Access the new folder in your library from Google Drive

You can now access your newly created folder from the Google Drive interface. Below are two examples of imports with different settings.

Import with the option Include the original email (.eml file) as attachment selected

Import with the option Include selected attachments as a ZIP archive selected

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