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Can I attach Previous Email Messages?

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Can I attach Previous Email Messages? neadona 6/19/09 8:28 AM
Similar to Outlook, you can send previous emails as an attachment then send it to a recipient.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? gravi_t 6/19/09 9:18 AM
No, you can only forward previous emails. If you have them in an eml file, or saved in a document, you can of course attach them.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? neadona 6/19/09 10:27 PM
that's not what i mean. I think Gmail doesn't have that feature yet. For example, i have an email 1 year ago which is inside my gmail inbox and an email 5 months ago. I want them to be attach to one email message and then sent to a recipient. Actually, you can search them inside your inbox and forward it to a recipient. But the problem with this is you will loose the full headers behind it which is vital and be used as evidence to certain cases.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? gravi_t 6/19/09 10:45 PM
Yes, I know, that's why I wrote you can only forward them (and not attach).

Workarounds:
1. connect Outlook or another email client to Gmail via POP or IMAP connection and then you can attach the emails.
2. open the email, open the drop-down in the top right of it and click on "show original". This gives you the headers. Copy into a .txt file, attach and send.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? CurtisM 7/18/09 10:44 AM
I have been looking for an answer to this question also.  I discovered that I can open the email I want to attach, select Print from the drop down list on the upper right corner of the open email message, cancel the print window that opens and save the file as an html file.  Then I close the open email, and compose a new email message, and attach the saved print copy that I have just saved.  That way, the headers are saved and appear in the attachment. 
 
One can also save the email using google documents and send it by sharing as an attachment, but it does not include the headers.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? Kimnaii 7/29/09 4:12 AM
I found that the quickest way to deal with this is to simply print your email as a PDF document that you will then save. Once done, you can compose your new email or reply to one already existing and attach the PDF email document that you just saved. For this to work, you will need a PDF creator to be installed on your system. You can search on-line for some free PDF converters. Converting into PDF helps guaranteeing the authenticity of the original email.

Alternatively, you can create a Google document out of your email thanks to Gmail Labs and then you can share the document's link in the body of your email or share the new document straight from Google Docs.  This option only allows you to transfer your email to Google Docs as a word document format. This format will allow you to modify the body of the email and collaborate with anyone you choose to share the document with. For this solution to work, you will need to activate the "Create a Document" feature in Gmail Labs (found in Settings -> Labs).
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? CLIFF EDINBURGH 5/26/10 8:30 AM
I copy it and paste to WORD
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? eoneal22 6/7/10 8:33 AM
I would like to know how you can unattach these emails from each other. Does anyone know how to do that, so I don't have 15 replies attached to the same original email?
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? CurtisM 6/7/10 9:38 AM
eoneal22, if I understand you correctly, you have a thread of conversations that have been created by using "Reply" to respond to previous emails that are part of the latest message.  If you want to get rid of the previous messages, you can reply by using "Forward" rather than "Reply".  In the Forward window, you can edit the content of the message by deleting the previous messages.  If you only want to respond to the latest message, leave it in your message but delete all the others prior to the latest.  Of course, when you use Forward, you will need to insert the address of the recipient to whom you are responding. 
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? eoneal22 6/7/10 10:25 AM
Thank you CurtisM. You answered my question that has been driving me crazy :)
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? claudia_maestro 9/14/10 4:01 AM
The correct way to attach an unrelated message is to open it, then open the menu on the right and select "Show Original". It will open a new window with the message in plain text. In your browser, select "Save As" and use the .eml extension. It will create a message that all mail clients (Outlook, Live Mail, Thunderbird...) can open, and it will include all original headers. Then upload that .eml file as an attachment to the message you're sending.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? CurtisM 9/26/10 3:32 PM
This doesn't realy help much for email messages in Google.  Yes, you can create an eml file that can be saved but the eml file contains html tags which are not easy to read.  The email will open with Outlook Express (and I would assume Outlook) but if you don't have that program, it appears that you're stuck because my trial did not open with Google mail.
 
I still find using Google docs the best way to create a PDF document of the email message which can be attached to the email in Google Mail - still a round-about-way but it works.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? claudia_maestro 9/29/10 7:07 AM
Still, attaching an EML file has its goodies: it contains all mail headers, including system ones, and it can be downloaded and opened with a lot of programs on any computer: not only Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, but also Thunderbird, and probably all other clients.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? MT007 10/11/10 11:28 PM
What if I want to select and attach multiple emails and send them as attachemtns to one person? Google cannot do this, I think. Does anyone know?
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? gravi_t 10/12/10 1:57 PM
MT007,

You might want to read the replies so far.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? MT007 10/12/10 10:42 PM
CURTIS M: ""..Popular answer
I have been looking for an answer to this question also.  I discovered that I can open the email I want to attach, select Print from the drop down list on the upper right corner of the open email message, cancel the print window that opens and save the file as an html file.  Then I close the open email, and compose a new email message, and attach the saved print copy that I have just saved.  That way, the headers are saved and appear in the attachment. 
 
One can also save the email using google documents and send it by sharing as an attachment, but it does not include the headers..."

I tried this, but after canceling print window, I cannot save it by "save as'. I see "Save page as" , but not "save as". My browser is Firefox.
Re: Can I attach Previous Email Messages? gravi_t 10/13/10 1:52 PM
MT007,

I think what Curtis M meant with this: "save the file as an html file" is that he saved the page as a html file.

In addition to the workarounds I wrote earlier, you can also print your email into a pdf file with a pdf printer such as PrimpPDF and send that file.

If you want to attach an earlier email as an .eml file, you have to use the first workaround I described in my earlier post.