How to Use Google Docs with Outlook Email (Attach)

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It’s pretty common for us to need to use multiple services from different companies, for example, accessing Google Docs using an Outlook email. This process used to be a bit complicated, but now it’s easier because Google and Microsoft have somehow worked together for better integration. This guide will show you how to connect Google Docs with your Outlook email, so you can attach Google Docs to your Outlook emails and open them straight from the Outlook app or

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How to Use Google Docs with Outlook Email

Use Google Docs with Outlook app on Windows or Mac

To use and attach Google Docs directly in the Outlook app on Windows or Mac, you’ll need to install “Google Drive for Desktop“. This app connects your Google Drive, including Google Docs, to your computer, making it easy to reach and handle your Google Drive files right from your PC.

When you use it with Outlook, attaching Google Docs to emails becomes as easy as adding files from your computer. This is handy because it mixes the ease of cloud storage with the usual way you use your desktop, making it simpler to send documents through email.

How to attach Google Docs files to an email in Outlook

  1. First, get Google Drive for Desktop, a free app from Google, available for both Windows and Mac. This tool lets you reach your Google Drive files right from Windows without having to store all of them on your computer. You can choose to make some files available offline if you want.Download Google Drive for Desktop for Windows or Mac
  2. After you download the app, run the installer to start the setup. Follow the instructions on your screen to install Google Drive for Desktop on your computer.Install Google Docs for Desktop in Windows 11
  3. Open Outlook and hit the “New Email” button to open the new email window.Composing New Outlook Email
  4. In the Outlook ribbon, hit the “Attach File” button, and choose “Browse This PC…“.Attach Google Docs to Outlook Email
  5. Go to “Google Drive“, which should now show up in the File Explorer sidebar or under “This PC”, after you’ve installed Google Drive for Desktop.How to Access Google Docs with Outlook Email
  6. Pick the file you want to send as an attachment, and click “Open“.
  7. The file will now show up as an attachment in your email. It will look just like any other attachment, with no hint that it was attached via Google Drive.Attach Google Docs from Google Drive in Outlook app

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Attach Google Docs to Outlook emails on

For those who prefer using, the web version of Microsoft Outlook, attaching Google Docs to emails is also easy. The process uses the cloud storage features of, letting you directly attach files from Google Drive.

Set up Google Drive in

  1. Head to and log into your account. Start writing a new email or reply to one you got.Create new email in
  2. Hit the “Attach” button in the email window and pick “Browse cloud locations”. This might show up as “OneDrive” – that’s normal, and you’ll still be able to add an account in the next step.Where is browse cloud locations in Outlook attach file
  3. Click “+ Add an account” and then hit the Google Drive option. Choose the Google account you want to access the documents from.How to Link Google Drive with Outlook Email
  4. After adding your account, Google Drive will show up in the list of cloud locations. You can now reach all files on your Google Drive.How to add Google Docs to Outlook Email

Attach and send the document

  1. You’ll get a choice to either share the file itself or a link to the file on Google Drive. For files up to 34MB, choose “Attach as a copy“.Attach Google Docs as file in Outlook Email
  2. The file will attach to your email just like any other file, with no sign that it came from Google Drive.How to send Google Docs to Outlook
  3. After attaching the file, send your email. The person getting it will see the attachment just like any other, not knowing it came from Google Drive.

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Old-school ways to use Google Docs with Outlook email

Attach Google Docs to an email manually

  1. Go to Google Docs.
  2. Pick your document.
  3. Download it in the format you want.
  4. Attach it to your email in Outlook by going to the attachment section.

Manually attaching Google Docs to an Outlook email

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Share directly from Google Docs

You can also send a Google Doc directly through email. Just open the document in Google Docs or Drive, click the “Share” icon, and type in the email addresses of the people you want to send it to. They’ll get a link to the document in their email.

Sharing link from Google Docs to Outlook Email

If you like, you can change the sharing settings of the document to ‘anyone with the link can view’ and then send this link through email. This way, you decide what others can do with the document (view, comment, or edit).

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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