I can only link and not attach Google Docs.

So, if the recipient does not have Google Drive, I have to download a converted document and upload it again.
This is very time consuming and inefficient.

How can I send immediately a converted version of a document?
Can the conversion be executed in the cloud (without downloading/uploading)? This is what already happens from docx to gdoc, when editing a docx.

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I don't know if this is what you are looking for, but the recipient can download the document as docx without a Google account by opening the document and doing the steps shown in this image:

For this to work the document has to a 'shared to anyone with the link'. When testing this out, gmail automatically reminded me to do this when attaching the Drive document.

  • Unless the file is very large, it does not seem more convenient than download-upload. But the real problem is that I cannot assume that the recipient is knowledgeable about gdocs, and can't type the directions for every mail attachment.
    – antonio
    Mar 23, 2015 at 1:03

The recipient can follow the link and download the file to whatever format he or she desires.

Go to File > Download As > select File format.

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