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To email a Google document, open the document and click File –> Share.


Email a Google Doc in Gmail

Since Google Docs and Gmail belong to the same family, you can easily send documents through Gmail from either service.

From Google Docs, open the document you want to send, then click File -> Email -> Email this file. You will then be prompted to enter the recipient’s email address and a message, and select the file type.

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You can also quickly send a Google Doc to multiple Gmail accounts at once by clicking File -> Share and adding people or groups.

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Be sure to edit the sharing permissions to control how others access your documents. For example, viewers can see the document and open any file in it. The same goes for commenters, but they can also add comments, as the name suggests. Finally, Editors have the most freedom to make additions to the document and to remove elements from the document or even remove them altogether.

To send a Google Doc from Gmail, start by composing an email from the app. Then tap the paperclip icon and select Insert from Drive. In case you didn’t know, any Google docs you save will be stored in that Google account’s Drive.

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Select My Drive if you own the document you want to send. Otherwise, select Shared with me if you don’t own the document.

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Finally, tap the file or files you want to attach to your email and then tap Select.

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Attach a Google Doc to an email

First you need to download the document to your computer or mobile device. To download a Google document, click File -> Download and select the file type in which you want to save the document.

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From there, you can find the file through the attachment settings on your email client. For example, in the Apple Mail app, click the paperclip icon at the top to insert a document into your message.

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Select the Google Doc you want to send from your files and click Choose File in the bottom right corner of the window.

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You should now see the document in the body of your email.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why can’t I attach a Google Doc to an email?

Is an email sent when you share a Google Doc?

Yes, a copy of the document will be emailed to those you shared it with unless you decide to share it via link. If you share a file with a link, you must copy and paste the link into your preferred messaging service to share the document with others.

How do I email a Google Doc as a PDF?

Click File -> Email -> Email This File and then select PDF as the file type from the drop-down menu.


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