Sharing Drive files as attachments in Gmail

Currently, when composing an email in Gmail, people have the option to share Google documents and other files stored in Drive via links by clicking on the ‘Insert files using Drive’ button. 

With this launch, we’ll enable the option to share files in Drive as attachments, allowing the file owner to remove the source file from Drive if so desired, without needing to worry about also removing access to the file from recipients.

When clicking on ‘Insert files using Drive,’ you’ll now see the buttons below in the lower right corner of the insert window. Clicking the Attachment button will add your selected file as an attachment. Inserting files as Drive links will be the default option:

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  • This feature only applies to files that weren't created in Drive (so Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc will not work)
  • Gmail attachments have a 25MB limit

Release track:
Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in early January 2015

For more information:
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Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted
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