I tried inserting a MS Excel document directly / via a Microsoft document but when copied into a new Gmail message the formatting wasn't retained.

How do you insert an Excel sheet as part of a new mail message?

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    How do I fit a square peg into a round hole? It's incompatible formats. GMail doesn't support tables & spreadsheets.
    – dnbrv
    Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 18:17

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As Gmail doesn't preserve formatting, your options may be to:

  • Copy the file to Google Drive and reference that using the "Insert files using Drive" option
  • Insert a screenshot of the relevant portion of the sheet within the email, if you're particular about formatting and the data isn't a lot

Does it have to be an editable sheet? If not Excel can save as PDF or as a webpage to maintain the formatting


Copy what you want from the Excel document to MS Word first, and then try to paste it into Gmail by coping it from MS Word.

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