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How to send a Google document by email

Sending a Google document to someone by email is as easy as clicking a few buttons. You can use Gmail or any other email client to do this, and we’ll show you how to do it on desktop computers and mobile devices.

Multiple ways to email a Google Doc

To send an email to a Google doc, you can use an option within Google Docs who uses your Gmail account. Or, if you want to use your own email application, you can download your Google document from the site to your computer and then attach that document to an email in your email application.

You can also send Google documents by email from your mobile devices, as we will explain below. Throughout the guide, we use the term “doc”, which refers to Google Docs documents. But you can follow the same steps to email your Google Sheets and Google Slides.

Email a Google Doc from Gmail on Desktop

On a Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chromebook computer, you can use the Google Docs site to email a document to someone. This sends your document as an attachment through Gmail.

To use this method, open a web browser on your computer and start the site of Google Docs . Then select the document you want to email.

On the document editing screen, locate the menu bar and select File> Email> Email this file.

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<p><span><span>You will see a “Email this file” window. </span><span>Here, you can specify options for the email that your Google doc will contain as an attachment. </span><span>This is what each option means:</span></span></p>
<li><strong><span><span>Send yourself a copy</span></span></strong><span><span>  – Check this box if you want to receive a copy of the email that will be sent to the recipient.</span></span></li>
<li><strong><span><span>For</span></span></strong><span><span>  : Enter the recipient’s email address in this field. </span><span>This is the person who will receive your document from Google.</span></span></li>
<li><strong><span><span>Matter</span></span></strong><span><span>  – Enter a subject for the email that will contain your Google doc. </span><span>By default, the name of your document is the subject line, but you can change it.</span></span></li>
<li><strong><span><span>Message</span></span></strong><span><span>  – Write an optional message that you would like to send along with your document.</span></span></li>
<li><strong><span><span>Do not attach. </span><span>Include content in email</span></span></strong><span><span>  – If you enable this option, Google Docs will embed the content of your document in the email instead of attaching the document as an attachment. </span><span>This works when your recipient is unable to download attachments for some reason, but is not recommended as this can cause problems with the format of your document.</span></span></li>
<li><strong><span><span>Pdf</span></span></strong><span><span>  – Select the format in which your Google Doc will be emailed. </span><span>Your options are PDF, RTF, Open Document, HTML, Microsoft Word, and Plain Text.</span></span></li>
<p><span><span>To send your email along with your Google doc, click “Send” at the bottom of the window.</span></span></p>
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Now your email is sent with your Google document as an attachment. The recipient must open their inbox to download your file. Very useful!

Email a Google doc from another email client on the desktop

If you want to use an email service other than Gmail or an email client on your computer To submit your Google document, first download the document file to your computer and then attach it to your email on your preferred email service.

To do so, open your document in the site of Google Docs . On the editing screen, select File> Download. Then choose the type of file you want to download.

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Your computer’s standard “save” window will open to help you download your doc file from Google. In this window, select a folder to save your file, enter a name for your file and click “Save”.

Save a Google document.

Your Google Document file is now available locally on your computer, in your chosen file format.

A downloaded Google doc file.

To email this Google document to someone, compose a new email in your preferred email client and attach the document file to your email. Are you ready.

Email a Google doc on a mobile device

You can also email a Google doc from your iPhone , iPad Y telephone Android . To do this, use the free Google Docs app on your phone.

First, open the Google Docs app on your phone and log into your account. Then touch the document you want to email. On the document screen, in the upper right corner, tap the three dots.

Tap on the three dots in the upper right corner of Google Docs.

In the three-dot menu, tap “Share & Export.”

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In the “Share and Export” menu, select “Send a copy”.


Google Docs will open a “Submit a copy” box. In this box, select the format in which you want to send your document and tap “OK”.

Select a file format and touch

You will see the “share” menu on your phone. In this menu, select the email application you want to use to send your Google document.

Choose an email application to send Google documents.

The selected email application will open with your Google document attached to a new email. Now as usual fill out the fields on your screen and tap send to send your email.

A Google Doc file attached to a new email.

And there goes your Google doc to its intended recipient via email!

Bonus tip: share Google Docs instead of emailing them

Instead of sharing a Google document via email, you can share your document through a link. In this way, the recipient can view and even edit the document on the web, without the need for any desktop application.

To do so, check out our guide on How to Share Your Google Docs, Spreadsheets, and Presentations . It shows you the steps you need to take to share your documents with someone on the web. Good luck and happy emailing!

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