How do I upload a document to Google Docs through an email attachment?

I remember seeing a feature of being able to email my document through and have it saved in Google Docs.

Does this still work or exist?

  • If this question means, is there a special email address to which you can send things (like many systems provide, including e.g. Picasa) I have exactly this question. Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 14:27

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It looks like this used to be possible -- I can find references to doing file uploads to google docs from a few years ago, but I see no way to do it now:

Upload Google Docs via email

I checked my Google Docs account, searched the help, and I see no reference to this or anyone else talking about doing it on today's Google Docs.

  • I think this answers the actual question. Or at least the question I have: Is there a special email address to which you can send files as attachments, like many system provide? Unfortunately @Jeff Atwood it sounds like you're saying the answer is: No, not anymore. Commented Feb 3, 2012 at 14:29

Make sure you're logged into both Gmail and Google Docs, then:

  1. Click on an email that has an attachment
  2. Click the "View" link
  3. This brings up the Docs view interface
  4. Click the "Save in Google Docs" button at the top right

NOTE: This does not work for simple graphic files like JPEG, PNG, etc. They will just open in a new browser window. It does work with PDFs, Word files, Excel files, etc.

  • 1
    It doesn't work with PDFs in Chrome.
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 2, 2011 at 22:31
  • @Alex How do you mean? I'm using the latest Chrome on Win7, and if I click 'View' on a PDF attachment, it opens up in a Google Docs window with a 'Save in Google Docs' button at the top right. Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 15:55
  • In Chrome on Mac it doesn't. On mine at list. (Chrome 13)
    – Alex
    Commented Sep 4, 2011 at 16:55
  • @sylsft, 'View' for PDFs in Gmail open in-browser in a page that has this toolbar. Commented Mar 11, 2012 at 21:45

I've written a service that allows users to upload attachments to Google Docs via email. It's available at http://sendtogdocs.com

  • Where does the text in email-body go?
    – user13107
    Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 10:28
  • The text is ignored. Only the attachments are parsed and uploaded. Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 19:19

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