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Add attachments to Gmail by pasting files into Chrome



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In Google Chrome 90 and above, you can attach files to an email in Gmail by copying the file from your Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS file manager and pasting it into the email window. Here’s how to do it.

How it works

Chrome 90 includes an experimental flag called ̵

6;Clipboard Filenames’. With this flag enabled, you can attach files to your email in Gmail by simply pasting the file (like when pasting a file into your file manager with Ctrl + V or Command + V).

This flag should work on Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS and Android. We tested it on our Windows and Mac machines and it worked fine on Windows. For some reason, it didn’t work on our particular Mac. Since this feature is still experimental, any current issues with the feature may change in future Chrome updates.

Paste attachments into Gmail quickly

If you want to try this feature, you will need to update Chrome to make sure you have version 90 or higher. Then start it.

RELATED: Update Google Chrome

In the Chrome window, click on the address bar at the top. Type the following and press Enter:

chrome://flags

Type

The “Experiments” tab will open. Type this in the search box at the top of the page:

Clipboard filenames

Search for clipboard file names in Chrome

In the search results, click the drop-down menu next to Clipboard File Names and select Enabled.

Switch

For this change to take effect, you must restart Chrome. Click on ‘Restart’ at the bottom of the Chrome window.

Click

Chrome will restart soon. In a Chrome tab, go to the Gmail site. Click on “Compose” in Gmail to compose a new email.

Click

Then open your computer’s file manager and find the file you want to attach to your email. To do this, use File Explorer on Windows or Finder on Mac.

Right click on your file and select ‘Copy’.

Select

Now switch back to Chrome. In the “New Message” window, right-click the area where you type the body of your email message and select “Paste” from the menu. You can also click on the body and press Ctrl + V (on Windows, Linux, or Chrome OS) or Command + V (on Mac) to paste the attachment file.

After pasting, you will see the attachment file at the bottom of the “New Message” popup window.

When you paste non-image files into the Gmail compose window, they appear in a list at the bottom of the message.

When you paste an image file, it will be displayed inline. This means that the image will be displayed in the email body and not treated as an attachment. If this is a problem, click the paperclip icon in the “New Message” window and add the file in the traditional way.

And that’s it! Add as many files as you want with this method. Speaking of Gmail attachments, did you know you can save your Gmail attachments to Google Drive? That way you can access them from any supported device.

RELATED: Save Gmail attachments to Google Drive




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