Have you ever referenced a past email while writing a Gmail message? We’ve noticed that a lot of people would like to include that email as an attachment, rather than just copy and paste the content.

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Because your Gmail messages are not stored as individual files, there isn’t really a way to do this natively in Google Apps. Fortunately, we found a really easy (and still useful) way to do this.

To learn how you can add an email as an attachment to another email in Gmail / Google Apps, follow these few steps:

  1. Open the email you would like to turn into an attachment.
  2. Click the drop-down  next to Reply in the top-right corner of your message.
  3. Select Print.
  4. In the left-hand side of the print screen, click the Change icon in the Destination section.
  5. Select the option to Save to Google Drive in the Google Cloud Print section.
  6. Click Save at the top of the print screen.
  7. Compose the new message you would like to send.
  8. Attach your old message using the Insert Files using Drive icon.
  9. Select My Drive.
  10. Find your old email in Drive (it should be at the top of the list) and select it.
  11. Your old email is added as an attachment!

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18 thoughts on “How to Attach an Email in Gmail

  1. Don Ketteler Reply

    Been to a class of yours at Gen Assembly with Taylor. Great wealth of Google info you provide – thanks.

    Not re attaching an email (which is good to know), but about replies and forwards in conversation view.

    I’m set up in conversation view, which I like, but sometimes I don’t want the whole string of messages to be included in a forward or reply – just relevant one. It seems when I go to this message and write a reply from it the whole string is included. To avoid this do I need to get out of conversation view to get to the single relevant email and forward or reply from it. Then go back to conversation view?



    • Google Gooru Post authorReply


      Glad to hear you enjoyed the General Assembly class, we love doing them!

      To avoid this I would suggest using the ‘Quote Selected Text’ Lab. I’ve included a link to our video, which should help you out.

      After you’ve added the Lab, just highlight the relevant email that you want to reply to.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Rajeeb Reply

    Hey GG,

    I wanted to know if this works with chin of mail, say 7 to 8 email conversations. I tried doing so but only the lat conversation gets saved as a file & not the whole conversation.

    Do you have a work around for that…



    • Google Gooru Post authorReply

      The only solution I can think of is to make sure to expand the conversation by clicking the ‘…’ icon at the bottom of the last message. This should allow you to attach the entire conversation.

  3. pete Reply

    mine just opens a new printer specific window – not the browser based window you showed… annoying.

    • Bayu Reply

      Hi Pete,
      If you use non-Chrome browser it will show the printer specific window.
      In this case you can print it as PDF (using PDF writer printer. Install it first if you don’t have it) and save it in your local hard disk or in your Google Drive folder in the local disk.
      Later you can attach that printed PDF in your e-mail.
      Hope it helps.

  4. heludwig Reply

    Thanks for the help with dealing with this problem with Gmail. I really appreciate the information. Have to say though, that although this is without a doubt the easiest way to attach an email in Gmail, it’s still not what I would call “easy”, and as you say, is a workaround to an obvious problem. Another reason why Microsoft/Outlook is still superior, in my view.

  5. Luanne Reply

    I thought I finally had an answer to attaching a gmail email to another gmail email. Followed the above instructions….but when I got to #4 – “in the left hand side of the print screen, click the Change icon in the Destination section” – I could go no further. There is no Destination section…no Change icon section…and no Save to Google Drive section. Now what???

  6. Betty Reply

    When I click on print, only my printers show. How do I get Google Drive to show? Not even sure if I have Google Drive (novice here).

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  8. no good Reply

    I’m sorry but how is this different from copying and pasting the contents of the referenced email? It even takes more time, and you have to rememebr to delete the past email copy in your drive.

    • The Gooru Post authorReply

      This is for a different use case. Yes, if you just want to send the content of the email, copy and pasting would work. If you want to send a copy of the email as an attachment then this is a good method to use.

  9. Carol Dale Reply

    Thanks for the video on saving to drive and attaching an old email to a new email. I used it today.

  10. Oliver Reply

    I dont have the option to save to google drive and I have an account. I use windows 8.

  11. ACN Reply

    This is the equivalent of printing a PDF file. When you have tables, pictures or text wider than a regular page, it gets cropped, so in fact you’re not forwarding the whole message, just the left part.

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