How to attach an email in Gmail

There are a few ways to send file attachments in Gmail. We’ll discuss about three of them!

Forward email as an attachment.

Gmail gives you the "out of the box" ability to redirect emails by attaching a .eml file to a new email.

  1. Highlight the desired email (or emails) by ticking the checkbox on the left.
    Gmail - email checkbox
  2. Click on the More button in the activity panel.
  3. Select Forward as attachment.
    Gmail - 'Forward as attachment' email button
  4. A new message will be created with an email attached.
    Gmail - attached email

This forwarding method is useful if you are sure that the recipient is using Gmail or another modern mail system that can correctly read an .eml file in an attachment on the go. Otherwise, the message will look extremely unreadable for the user. Most likely, by default, it will open as a text document and contain a lot of system information, and the text itself will not be formatted and will look bad.

Forward email as PDF

To make sure that the attached email is displayed correctly, you can print the message in pdf and attach it to the email.

  1. Open the email you want to attach.
  2. Press the More -> Print or Print All button.
    Gmail - email 'Print' / 'Print All' buttons
  3. Select the Save as PDF option in the new Print dialog.
    Gmail - 'Save as PDF' email button
  4. Press the Save button.
  5. In the new window, select the file name and the target folder where the pdf file will be created.
  6. Press the Save button.
  7. Open your pdf file folder.
  8. In the Gmail, create a new email in which you want to attach a .pdf copy of the email.
  9. Left-click on your pdf file and drag it to the email.
    Gmail - attachment drag and drop

The message will be attached and displayed below the body of the email.
Gmail - attachment

Alternatively, you can click on the paper clip icon in the created email. In the new window, go to the folder where pdf was saved and select it.

Instead of saving the message as a PDF file, you can take a screenshot —the algorithm of inserting it to the email identical to the one we have described above.

Attaching an email saved in Google Drive

  1. Print the message out (described at the beginning of the article, in paragraph 2).
  2. In the Destination field, select Save to Google Drive.
    Gmail - 'Save to Google Drive' email button
  3. Press the Save button.
  4. Create a new email.
  5. Press the Insert files using Drive button.
    Gmail - 'Insert files using Drive' email button
  6. Select the desired file for your attachment.
  7. Press the Insert button.

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