How do I attach an email from a previous conversation or mail to a new message in Gmail?

Forwarding isn't feasible as I need to attach more than one email in a new message to my client.

Is there any way to do this?


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This should help.

Google support forum

User claudio_maestro answered:

The correct way to attach an unrelated message is to open it, then open the menu on the right and select "Show Original". It will open a new window with the message in plain text. In your browser, select "Save As" and use the .eml extension. It will create a message that all mail clients (Outlook, Live Mail, Thunderbird...) can open, and it will include all original headers. Then upload that .eml file as an attachment to the message you're sending.

  • Awesome.. if you actually need it..
    – Lipis
    Mar 8, 2011 at 12:28
  • LOL. Seems impossible to me to make it even more complicated.
    – ceving
    Oct 18, 2012 at 10:16
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    And opening that *.eml attachment in gmail shows.... plaintext. This doesn't work, not generally anyway.
    – Cheeso
    Dec 18, 2012 at 0:59
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    It works if people have a local email client such as Outlook or Thunderbird installed.
    – srmark
    Jan 21, 2014 at 19:31
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    "all mail clients (Outlook, Live Mail, Thunderbird...) can open" - with the exception of gmail itself, of course... :-(
    – yosh m
    Jun 29, 2015 at 10:49