Benchling Notebook is format agnostic for files, meaning many (if not all) types of files can be attached to a notebook. Behavior and functionalities associated with the files are format dependent and related to the user disposability of the third party tool used to edit the content of the file.

What attachments are allowed?

Microsoft Office attachments (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) all can be attached to a Notebook entry on Benchling. Zip files and PDFs can be attached as well. 

Image files such as .jpg or .png can be attached to a Benchling Notebook entry.

Sequence files such as Genbank files (.gb) are also functional on Benchling.

Note that Word and PowerPoint documents must be less than 10 megabytes; Excel attachments must be less than five megabytes.

Attach files to Benchling

Attach files into a Benchling Notebook entry by dragging and dropping into an entry. You can also click Insert and then Attachment to select a file from your computer to upload, or directly copy-paste into a Benchling Notebook entry.

Note: Benchling's Maximum Per-File Size Limit is 2GB

We allow previewing inside of Benchling for certain file types (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF, image and text files). Please reach out to Benchling Customer Experience to enable this on your platform.

Note that any file attached to a Notebook entry is uploaded and stored in Benchling. These files can be downloaded, altered and re-uploaded to make changes.

Attach excerpts of PDFs and PowerPoint presentations

  1. Attach a PDF or PowerPoint presentation by dragging and dropping the file into a Notebook entry. 
  2. Click on the Insert excerpts icon to insert an excerpt or individual slides into your entry.
  3. Choose the slides or pages to insert. Note: you can either type the page numbers in directly, or click on the previews to select images.
  4. View the slides in your note. If desired, right click the attachment to rename an excerpt.

Note: For enterprise users, you can utilize Benchling Sync to edit your attached files directly on Benchling. You can learn more about this process in these help articles

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