Attach a Document to Your Email

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In this extension, you will add an attachment to your email from Drive or from your computer.

An attachment is an additional piece of information, such as a document, file, or photo, that you add to your email.

Attachments are useful for sharing extra materials that will help the email recipient understand your message.

The attachment can be something you have stored on your computer or in Google Drive.

You might attach: a spreadsheet with budget information for a work project... ...a brochure for an upcoming event...

...notes from a recent meeting... ...or a restaurant menu for a work dinner.

When you send the email, the recipient receives your message as well as the attachment.

To start, select an email from your Drafts folder, or compose a new one.

At the bottom of the email, insert a file from Google Drive.

Click the icon and select any file you have stored in Drive.

Be careful when sending attachments.

Do not attach documents that are sensitive, unsafe, or inappropriate.

Once you have added the link, the name of the document will appear in the email.

If the file you want to include in your email is not stored in Google Drive, upload it and attach it to your email.

To upload means to take a file from one location, such as your computer, and add it to another location, such as your email.

Select the icon to attach a file.

Find the file on your computer, and attach it to the email.

You can add more than 1 attachment to your email.

Or, remove attachments.

Next, write your email following the guidelines from this lesson.

And reference the document in your message, so the recipient knows to look for it.

When you’re ready to send your email, proofread your message, and check to see that your attachment opens.

If you’re including a file from Drive that you haven’t shared with your friend already, you may need to update the permissions settings.

Select the permission you want to give the recipient: Edit means the person you share with can make changes directly in your file.

Comment allows them to make comments, but not change the file.

And view lets them see your file but not make changes or comments.

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