How to send an email to a Google Doc

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Emailing someone a Google Doc 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 and mobile.

Multiple ways to email a Google Doc

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

You can also email Google Docs from your mobile devices, as we’ll explain below. Throughout the guide, we use the term “doc” Which stands for Google Docs docs. But you can use the same steps to email Google Sheets as well as Google Slides.

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Email a Google Doc from Gmail on your desktop

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

To use this method, open a web browser on your computer and run a file google docs Location. Next, select the document you wish to send an email to.

On the Edit Document screen, locate the menu bar and select File > Email > Email This File.

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<p>You will see a window “Email this file”.  Here, you can select the options for the email that will contain your Google Doc as an attachment.  Here’s what each option means:</p>
<li><strong>Send yourself a copy</strong>: Enable this box if you want to receive a copy of the email that will be sent to the recipient.</li>
<li><strong>NS</strong>: Type the recipient’s email address in this field.  This is the person who will receive your Google Doc.</li>
<li><strong>Topics</strong>: Enter a subject for the email that will contain your Google Doc.  By default, the name of your document is the subject line, but you can change it.</li>
<li><strong>Message</strong>: Type an optional letter you’d like to send with your document.</li>
<li><strong>do not comment.  Include content in email</strong>: If you enable this option, Google Docs will include the contents of your document in the email itself instead of attaching the document as an attachment.  This works when for some reason the recipient can’t download the attachments, but it’s not recommended as it can cause problems with the formatting of your document.</li>
<li><strong>PDF</strong>: Select the format in which the Google document will be sent by email.  The options you have are PDF, RTF, Open Document, HTML, Microsoft Word, and Plain Text.</li>
<p>To send your email with your Google Doc, click “send” at the bottom of the window.</p>
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Your email is now sent with a Google Doc as an attachment. The recipient needs to open their inbox to download your file. very easy!

Email a Google Doc from another desktop email client

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

To do this, open your document at google docs Location. On the editing screen, select File > Download. Then choose the type of file you want to download.

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<p>A window will open “save” Standard computer to help you download the Google Doc file.  In this window, select a folder to save your file in, type a name for your file, and then click “save”.</p>
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Your Google Doc file is now available locally on your computer, in your chosen file format.

Google Doc file downloaded.

To email this Google Doc to someone, create a new email in your favorite email client and attach the document file to your email. You are all set.

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Email a Google Doc to a mobile phone

You can send an email to a Google Doc from IphoneAnd IPAD, And Android phone too. To do this, use the free Google Docs app on your phone.

First, open the Google Docs app on your phone and sign in to your account. Then tap on the document you wish to email. On the Document screen, in the upper-right corner, tap the three dots.

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

In the three-dot menu, tap “Share and export”.

Choose "Share and export" from the list.

from list “Share and export” , Locate “Send a copy”.

Choose "send a copy" From "Share and export" List.

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

Select a file format and press "OK."

You will see a list “to share” with your phone. In this menu, select the email app you want to use to send your Google Doc.

Choose an email app to send a Google Doc.

The selected email app will open with a Google Doc attached to a new email message. Now, as usual, fill in the fields on your screen and click send to send your email.

A Google Doc file is attached to a new email message.

And there your Google Doc goes to the intended recipient via email!

Bonus tip: Share your Google Docs instead of emailing them

Instead of sharing a Google Doc via email, you can share your document via a link. This way, the recipient can view and edit the document on the web, without the need for any desktop applications.

To do that, check out our guide on How to share Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. It shows you the steps you need to follow to share your documents with someone on the web. Good luck, and happy emailing!

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