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Google Pairs Gmail, Drive for an Easy Way to E-Mail Huge Files

Attaching Google Drive files in Gmail’s new compose window. Image: Google

Google is making it easier than ever to send large files via e-mail. The company has announced a new feature that puts all your Google Drive documents just a click away from Gmail. Now you can quickly and easily attach files from Google Drive to Gmail messages.

That means you can attach files up to 10GB in size, which is some 400 times larger than what Gmail will allow you to do with typical e-mail attachments. Of course the reason files can be so large is that Google isn’t actually sending the files; it’s merely sending a link to your recipients who can then access them through Google Drive.

Gmail has a clever new feature that checks to make sure that all your recipients actually have permission to view your Drive files. The feature works a bit like Gmail’s forgotten-attachment detector — if you forgot to grant permission to one of your recipients Gmail will prompt you to do so before sending your e-mail.

Like most new features from Google, the new Google Drive integration will be rolling out to Gmail users “over the next few days.” Note that in order to get the new Google Drive attachments feature you’ll need to opt-in to the new compose window option we wrote about earlier (see that post for full details on how to get started with Gmail’s new in-window compose dialog).