Gmail and Google Drive Attachments

Attachments from a local source

To attach a file to a message you're composing

  1. Click the Compose button in the top left corner of Gmail and select the paperclip icon at the bottom of the compose window that appears.Google Mail compose attach file icon
  2. Browse through your files and click the name of the file you'd like to attach.
  3. Click Open.

Google Mail tip

Attachment size limit

You can send messages up to 25 megabytes (MB) in size. If you'd like to send attachments that are larger than this, you can insert from Google Drive instead. See the instructions in the "Attachments from Google Drive" section below.

You may not be able to send larger attachments to contacts who use other email services with smaller attachment limits. As a security measure to prevent potential viruses, Gmail doesn't allow you to send or receive executable files(such as files ending in .exe).

Attachments from Google Drive

To attach a file to a message you're composing

If your attachment exceeds 30 MB, it is recommended you use Google Drive to send it.
**The maximum size for any single file attachment with Google Drive is 2 TB**
To attach a file from Google Drive:

  1. Click on the Compose Button in the top left corner of Gmail.
  2. Click on the Google Drive icon. 
     google insert toolbar

  3. In the Google Drive window that comes up, toggle between Grid View and List View with toolbar buttons and select your file by clicking on it once.change to grid view
  4. Then click the insert button to add it to your message.
       google attachments insert button

Remove attachments

If you'd like to remove a file you've attached to a message, click the x to the right of the file name at the bottom of the message.

Google Mail Compose Remove attachment

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