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I would like to know exactly what text causes the Gmail pop-up dialog box that warns that you may have forgotten to attach files to an e-mail.

I have visited a lot of webpage describing the feature, but most of them just give a few examples of text strings and allude to there being more. The longest list I have found is here, and even that site does not say it has an exhaustive list.

It gives:

  • "I have attached"
  • "I've attached"
  • "I have included"
  • "I've included"
  • "see the attached"
  • "attached file"

If someone can find the definitive list, please post it!

Note: In case Gmail is being intentionally secretive about this (so that they can more easily make changes to it in the future), I intend to upvote answers that mention text strings that are not on this list and that do cause the warning (I will test them first though, and anyone else voting should too!). That way we will be able to piece together the answer.

Note also that depending on the answer to this question: Can I customize the Gmail missing attachment alerter?, you might be able to change what text triggers the warning, but I would still like to know the default.

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I doubt that you'll be able to find a list. One, it's probably a trade secret that allow Gmail to differentiate itself, and two, they'd have to maintain two lists: one in the code and one on the support page. – Al E. Jul 16 '13 at 15:40
@Matt D put "It does not work with "I attach". Been caught out by that twice today!" but since posted as an answer I suspect may eventually be deleted. – pnuts Dec 12 '14 at 14:46
“See the attachment” also works. – Alex Dec 13 '14 at 12:08
You can't work out a complete list by collecting text that triggers the message. To know you have a complete list, you also have to have a list of all text that doesn't trigger the message, which is obviously impossible. – Mike Scott Jul 6 '15 at 5:52

There is no such list.

But You can send feedback to Google, click the gear while you are in gmail and click send feedback - note not all accounts have that option , if you don't , click the gear , click help , click send feedback.

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