How to Send Emails Right From Google Docs

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Google Docs is an incredibly versatile tool that allows you to create, edit, and collaborate on documents right from your browser. But did you know you can also use Google Docs to send emails?

Why Send Emails from Google Docs

Here are some of the key benefits of using Google Docs to draft and send emails:

  • Collaboration – Multiple people can edit the email draft at the same time, allowing for seamless collaboration. You can see who made each change with version history.
  • Attachments – Easily attach documents from Google Drive or link to them in the email body. No need to download and reupload attachments.
  • Save a copy – The sent email will save to your Google Docs history so you have a copy for your records.
  • Use templates – Create email templates in Google Docs that allow you to quickly customize and send repetitive emails.

How to Draft an Email in Google Docs

Drafting an email in Google Docs is easy. Just follow these steps:

1. Open Google Docs

Go to Google Docs in your browser and open a new document or use an existing one.

2. Insert the Email Draft Building Block

Click Insert > Building Blocks > Email draft in the menu bar. An email template with fields will appear in your document.

3. Fill Out the Email Fields

In the template, fill out the recipient’s email in the To field. Add a subject line, CC or BCC people as needed.

4. Write Your Email

Below the subject line is where you write the content of your email. Use the formatting tools to style your email.

5. Add Attachments (Optional)

Click Insert > Drive to attach files from Google Drive or link to them in your email body.

6. Preview and Send

When ready, click the Gmail logo on the left to preview it. Make any last edits then send your email.

Collaborating on Email Drafts

One of the best features of using Google Docs for email is the ability to collaborate. Multiple people can provide feedback and edits on an email draft before sending.

Give Access

Share the Google Doc with collaborators by clicking Share and adding their email addresses.

Use Comments

Collaborators can leave comments in the document using the comment feature. Resolve any changes before sending.

Track Changes

Turn on Suggesting mode to see edits as people make changes. Accept or reject suggestions before sending.

Email Templates in Google Docs

Another great use case for sending emails via Google Docs is to create reusable email templates.

Here are some tips:

  • Create a template doc for common email types like newsletters, outreach emails, etc.
  • Use placeholders like {{Name}} and {{Company}} that can be easily swapped out.
  • Save templates to a dedicated Google Drive folder to access later.
  • Open a template, update the placeholders, customize the message, and send.

Google Docs Add-ons for Email

There are also some great email-specific Google Docs add-ons that can enhance your email workflow:

  • Gmelius – Manage contacts, schedule sends, track opens and clicks all within Google Docs.
  • Mail Merge – Merge Google Sheet data into customized email templates.
  • WiseStamp – Add professional email signatures with images.
  • Email Hunter – Find and validate email addresses.


Sending emails directly from Google Docs has many benefits over traditional email clients. You can collaborate with others, keep saved copies, use templates to save time, and more.

So next time you need to draft up an important email, open Google Docs and give this handy feature a try! Let us know how it goes in the comments.