How to Email a PDF File Using Gmail

By C. Taylor

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The Portable Document Format, or PDF, is an obvious choice for business owners wishing to disseminate information to clients or associates. First introduced by Adobe Systems in 1993, PDF offers a reliable, media-rich and secure medium for displaying information without the worry of formatting differences between software programs. This digital format is well-suited for electronic distribution through Google's Gmail service, which enables PDF file attachments.

Log in to your Gmail account and click "Compose." Address and compose the new email.

Click the "Attach Files" paperclip icon to open the File Upload window.

Locate the PDF file in the navigation window. If you have difficulties finding the PDF file in a folder containing many files, type "*.pdf" without quotes in the File Name field and press "Enter" to only display PDF files.

Click the PDF file you wish to attach, and then click "Open." Depending on the size of the PDF file and your Internet connection speed, uploading the attachment could take a few seconds or several minutes. If you can't see the upload progress, click in the body of the email and scroll down.

Click "Send" to send your email, complete with the PDF attachment.