My Gmail Won't Attach PowerPoint Files

By Jacob Michael

Google Gmail’s high account storage limit and access-anywhere cloud-based messaging makes it a handy Web service for users who need to share files. Attaching a file to an email is a fast and relatively painless way to quickly send documents to another user. However, if Gmail refuses to attach your PowerPoint presentation to your message, the attachment may be over the size limit or infected with malware.

Attachment Size Limit

Gmail’s 25MB size limit for attachments may be the culprit, especially if the PowerPoint presentation has a large amount of embedded graphics or multimedia. To determine the presentation’s file size, right-click the file and select “Properties.” Google offers a solution for oversized file attachments with Google Drive, a cloud-based file storage and sharing service. Click the “+” icon in the compose window and click the Google Drive icon. Drag and drop the PowerPoint presentation into the dialog window and click the “Upload” button to upload it to Google Drive. A file attachment link is automatically embedded into the email.

Embedded Virus or Malware

Gmail’s built-in anti-virus scanner will reject any file attachments that it determines to include embedded malware or viruses. The PowerPoint presentation may be infected without your knowledge, especially if your workstation is infected or if you received the file from a third party who uses an infected computer. If you don’t have an anti-virus utility installed, use a free utility such as Microsoft Security Essentials, Malwarebytes or AVG to run a scan on the file.