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How to attach files to emails in GMail

GMail has all the email file attachment features of Apple Mail, but also benefits from being web-based. Besides the usual advantages of running on the web, like being backed up by Google and being available from any computer, GMail values your time by making your writing and sending process more efficient.

All you have to do is first attach the files to your email and then start writing the subject line and message. While you’re writing, GMail will be uploading your file attachments. Unless they’re huge, they could be all done by the time you’re ready to hit the Send button.

Watch this video to see the various ways to attach files to and also insert images into your emails in GMail. And don’t miss the secret feature that lets you tell GMail how to resize individual inserted images. I just discovered this feature while recording this video. I wonder what other features they have hidden in there! If you know of some, please leave a comment below telling us about your discovery.

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Note: When you attach files in GMail, if you don’t have the little progress bar, you should go to your GMail General settings and set “Advanced attachment features”. That will also let you attach multiple files at once.

{ 3 comments… add one }
  • domenic calabrese July 26, 2011, 10:53 am

    thanks so much , very informative video. you’re great!

  • Lawrence Todd September 26, 2011, 1:02 pm

    I was so pleased to see this pop up in your website as I hadn’t been able to find such instructions in an Apple Forum. I will check your website first now.

    • Steve September 26, 2011, 1:22 pm

      Glad it helped Lawrence. Yes, sometimes it’s difficult finding help when a topic covers more than one product (computer from Apple, Gmail from Google, lots of web browser options, …).

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