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How to attach a file directly from google docs?

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How to attach a file directly from google docs? Arnootto 2/9/10 6:57 PM
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Hey just wondering if anyone knows if there is a way to attach a file from google docs to an email without having to download it first or just using the send as email function in google docs?



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Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 2/9/10 10:46 PM
Email as attachment in Google Docs is the way to go.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? 8888allan 3/5/10 8:28 PM
where is the answer man????
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 3/6/10 12:47 AM
Open the attachment (in Google Docs) you want to send.

Click on Share then Email as attachment.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Ashish Desai 3/17/10 8:17 AM
I would rather looking for some sort of links which gives you the option to attach some file from Google Docs or from your any other drives directly from browser, while composing any message.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? RFabulich 5/6/10 8:30 AM
I have used Outlook for so long, and now trying to convert over to GDocs, but I would also like to attach GDocs directly from my email. This way I can also attach my AutoPen signature, which I cannot do from GDocs. 

Maybe Google will attempt to make that change...I'd LOVE it!!!!
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Gil.Agyapong 5/11/10 8:09 AM
Yes, I would love to be able to attach documents directly while composing a message.  It's very difficult to currently attach a file if you're forwarding a message.  Hint....hint...Google Dev Team!!!
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? AldenMamann 5/31/10 8:12 AM
If it was only that we had to send the attachment thru GDocs, that I could live with. The problem is that when you do that, you don't have access to it in your sent files folder and can't track whether it was actually sent or not.  We need  a fix for this asap please.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 5/31/10 10:31 AM
Include your Gmail address as a recipient and you can Star it, to show that it was a Doc that you had sent. 

Go to Setting, General and drag a Star that is not in use as a mark for Docs you have sent.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? dessauerjm 10/6/10 5:12 PM
It is amazing and discouraging to me that this function still is not in place. Why?!!
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? dmmiller2k 10/18/10 8:33 AM
@That 1Guy: what do you mean by "drag a Star that is not in use as a mark for Docs you have sent"?

There is no such thing in "Settings", under the "General" tab or any other tab.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Girish S 10/18/10 8:25 PM
I feel there should be an easrier way to do this. There must be an option in the attachments section in the compose mail layout.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 10/18/10 10:30 PM
@dmmiller2k,

 
On 5/31/10 koskherboca made a reply about not having a copy of the attachment in his Sent folder and not knowing if he sent the attachment. 

 
When I said to drag a star, I meant for them to use a Superstar that was not in use to indicate that he sent a Doc as an attachment. For example: When they send a file they could give the email a green-check star, to indicate that they sent the doc as an attachment or use a purple-star, to mark a Doc as not sent yet.

 
When I wrote Settings, General... I meant for you to click on Settings, then General. The General Tab is under Settings not vice versa.

 
The following was the solution I proposed to kosherboca as a solution to his situation. This only works if you include yourself as a recipient of the Doc you are sending from GDocs.

To use Superstars:
Settings
Labs
Enable Superstars
Save Changes

Settings
General
 
Scroll down to the Superstars section drag and drop any superstars that you may or may not want to use.
Save Changes.

 
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Bizzy_Toronto 11/16/10 1:16 PM
"Superstaring" is fine and dandy, however you end up with new email threads and a lot of extra work. I received an email asking to send something and I sent it from GDocs however it doesn't show associated to the original email thread (or sent box). It would be nice if when you attach a file you have the option to search your computer for the file or your google docs online. This would keep the email thread going and it would show up in your sent box. Simple, Elegant and No Learning Curve.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? dmmiller2k 11/16/10 1:23 PM
Hey Google!  Where are you?

How about a *real* answer from the horse's mouth?

To wit: why is this such a big deal?  What's the problem?  When will this feature be implemented?
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Ian_Thailand 11/16/10 7:17 PM
I am yet another frustrated person who is trying to go 100% cloud based for a project. I just want either one button that says "Attach File" and then maybe has two sub-options of 'Local Document' and "Google Docs" or I would like to see two buttons "Attach Local File" and "Attach Google Doc".

I am not a programmer but I don't think this would be too hard to program. Can someone at Google just tell whether or not this is being worked on and a possible window for a release date?

P.S. Can people attach documents on Google servers in Google Apps to emails? If they can't then there is no way I can switch to Google Apps.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? bchomica 11/20/10 2:53 PM
I may have missed it, but is there a way to attached multiple google docs in same email, instead of sending separate emails?
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? brucepas 11/20/10 4:59 PM
come on google do what Ian_Thailand asked for before Facebook condemns you to history--- you don't want to be the Alta Vista of the next decade do you?
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 11/26/10 9:39 PM
If you are using Google Chrome or Firefox 3.6 you can 'drag and drop' multiple local files as attachments to the same email.

 
So far as I know, it is not possible to attach multiple Google Docs to a single message. You should try the Google Docs Help or Help Forum for more accurate advice.


Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? 8ball 1/29/11 2:09 PM
It amazes me that it's impossible to attach a file from GoogleDocs to Gmail.

WOW!
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Bizzy_Toronto 1/29/11 2:48 PM
You can email a file from Google Docs as an attachment but you can NOT email a file in your Goggle Doc's from Gmail.  AND you can only send 1 file at a time. To send from Google Docs - check mark the file and use the share tab to select send as an attachment. Check mark two files and the share tab diminishes the email feature.

There may be a lab or add on that allows you to select files from your Google Docs in your Gmail but so far I haven't seen it.

Good luck.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? ramikafa 1/31/11 6:53 PM
hey google guys,
fix this
its stupid that i cant attach a google docs document to my gmail email without having to go to google docs. i mean isnt google docs supposed to be like a cloud drive? it should function like one then.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Chairceo 2/1/11 11:40 AM
Bump.  This is rather surprising.  The suggestion above that would allow you the option to choose "attach from local" or "attach from Google Docs" seems to be right on the money.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Viennafarm 2/13/11 2:45 PM
Bump again this needs to be fixed.  
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? henrik.mossberg 2/22/11 5:52 AM
Wow! This is really incredible bad planning of the google development team. Its one thing that google documents still is way behind the standard documenteditors but when you can't even have this easy, and obvious, feature.. Then you start to wonder..
Probably the reason that they don't fix this is that they made some bad groundwork in their architecture and can't change this without big changes in the core or something. Else they would?
Well well, I think the only thing to get a change is to spread the word via facebook and go back to using hotmail and local files to get google to fix this.. :)
Since it doesnt seem like they give a damn about this here in their own forum..


Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? mlingo 3/11/11 4:33 AM
Google I am doing everything I can to switch to you and stay.  I even went android today from an Iphone 4 just to see if google docs got an easier.  It has not!

 
You have to find a way to allow us to send google docs from within gmail.  Simply allows us to attach our docs from the cloud!!

 
Remember I signed up as a business for google apps.  So I would like to email like a business.  From within google docs share I can not add a signature (that does not look like business does it)?

From docs share cant send multiple docs (that does not look like business does it)?

 
Get with it or ill drop the 5 accounts that is going to cost me $250 this year go back to microsoft and wait for you to get with it.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? stul 3/14/11 5:07 AM
To Google.
Re: Sending Google Docs document as attachment from gmail.

My bank wants me to send them a minutes of meeting (which I have stored in my google Docs).

I click reply, start writing email. Now, let me attach that Google Docs file (actually a PDF stored in Google docs). Oh wait, I can't from Gmail.

Starting in Google Docs and sending as an attachment is a *backwards* way of working.

It just can't be that hard to fix it. This is why Apple is (unfortunately) beating Google in a number of key areas.


Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? trubs 3/15/11 1:57 PM
jesus people - get a grip...

yes, it is a much needed feature, but threatening to leave google apps or suggesting that 'it cant be that hard' and they screwed up the architecture is just nuts.

just voice your need for the service and be patient (have you ever had to wait for software to be fixed?)
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? delauter 4/12/11 7:49 PM
I agree with the previous entry.  This is *our* forum, but to get the attention of Google, you need to send it through their service link.

That said, I'm not a big fan of the way either gmail or google docs work.


Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Vlad_S2 4/15/11 2:53 AM
It is ridiculous that Google is pushing for cloud without such a basic functionality!

So I get chrome tablet and don't use local files. How do you sent lets say a contract and 5 
attachments all in different format??? 6 emails? 


Make "attach from Gdocs" work!!!


Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? Vlad_S2 4/15/11 3:03 AM
@That 1Guy - all your replies are not an answer.
Just half-ass workarounds.

Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? That 1Guy 4/15/11 6:20 AM
If you have a better idea... post it! Otherwise... Have a nice day!
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? werdlum 5/18/11 5:39 PM
There is a very good reason why you can't attach a Google Docs file directly from Gmail.  It has to do with "Sharing Permissions".

By default, all Google Docs are set to "Private".  Therefore, if you attached the file, the individual would not be able to access it.

Now, yes, they could give you the interface to deal with Sharing Permissions at the time of attachment; however, that is not trivial.

They made the design decision to have to go to the "doc" to "share" the file, as opposed to making email the center of the universe.  Remember, in today's world, you can now share on Twitter and Facebook as well.
Re: How to attach a file directly from google docs? mylostone 5/31/11 9:22 AM
werdlum ... I'm afraid you are out to lunch on your answer. There would only be permissions issues if you sent a <link> to the location of your google doc. When you attach a file it is embedded in the email that you send and is a COPY of the original document. The recipient can then open it, edit it, whatever.

In ANSWER to the original question, there does not seem to be a way to directly attach google docs to an email while you are composing the email in gmail (Google developers: please implement this!!!!!). However,  there is a simple workaround, which is non-optimal, but effective.

  (1) In google docs, "download" all of the documents you wish to attach
  (2) in gmail, use "attach file" and locate the documents downloaded in step (1)
  (3) [optional] ... delete the downloaded copies
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