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Attach a file in gmail

I’m often asked little questions about technology. Here is an example.

How do I attach a file to a message in gMail?

Thank goodness I know this one.

I know that the asker uses gmail regularly, and knows how to compose a new message. That’s where we’ll start.

If you have a modern browser, you can just find your file and drag it to the green bar.

What green bar? I don’t see a green bar!

gMail's drag-n-drop attaching
This green bar.

If you’re using an older browser, or prefer to do things the old-fashioned way (as I often do), then just click on the ‘Attach a file’ link.

gmail compose message screenshot

Then, pick your poison.

File selection dialog
Choose the correct file to upload

Click ‘Select’.

gmail upload progress bar

Wait for the little blue bar to fill up.

Make sure you’ve filled in all the other information you need, like recipients and subject.

By the way, it is perfectly okay to send me a message without a body, especially if you’re sending me an attachment I’m expecting.  It is NEVER okay to send me a message without a subject.  Messages without subjects are headless blobs of nonsense.  I have no way to find them, no way to know what they mean, and no way to remember them.

And that’s all there is to it. Simple, straightforward, and fast. Isn’t that why you use gmail?

If you have any little questions about technology, drop me a line.