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How to email a Google Doc

Send your documents to others with Gmail or as an attachment.
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March 8, 2022

There are many ways to share a Google Doc with others, whether by Google Drive, Gmail, or other great email clients. Indeed, one of the quickest ways to send a document to multiple people is by email. Here’s how to email a Google Doc.

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QUICK ANSWER

To email a Google Doc, open the document, then click File --> Share.


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

How to email a Google Doc in Gmail

Since Google Docs and Gmail are part of the same family, you can easily send documents via Gmail from either service.

From Google Docs, open the document you wish to send, then click File –> Email –> Email this file. You’ll then be asked 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 within it. Same with Commenters, but they can also add comments, as the name suggests. Finally, Editors have the most freedom to make additions to and remove elements from the document or even delete it altogether.

To send a Google Doc from Gmail, begin composing an email from the app. Then tap the paperclip icon and select Insert from Drive. In case you weren’t aware, 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 wish to send. Otherwise, select Shared with me if you are not the document owner.

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Lastly, tap on the file or files you want to attach to your email, then tap Select.

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How to attach a Google Doc to an email

First, you’ll need to download the document to your computer or mobile device. To download a Google Doc, click File –> Download and select the file type you want to save the document as.

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From there, you can find the file from the attachment settings on your email client. For example, on 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’d like to send from your files and click Choose File from the bottom right of the window.

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You should now see the document within the contents of your email message.


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FAQs

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

First, make sure that you have downloaded the document to your computer or Google Drive. Then, find the file from the attachment settings on your email client. If your file size is too large, learn to bypass Gmail’s attachment size limit.

When you share a Google Doc, does it send an email?

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

How do I email a Google Doc as a PDF?

Click File –> Email –> Email this file, then select PDF as the file type from the drop-down menu.