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Use Google to send large files

Google makes sending large files easy

Our digital life has grown exponentially.  Our files are sometimes huge and we need to share them.  Most email services limit their email file attachment sizw to 25mg.  And that can be to small if we need to send over that special hi-res picture of you doing that flaming shot over at TJ McStufflebees.  How to send it?  Super-easy these days thanks to Google;s Gmail.

Here’s a quick and easy tutorial [thanks to How to Geek] on how to share those super-big, super-important files with anyone. And not just those in your Gmail contact list.

Google announced that it too would add the option to use Google Drive when you are sending emails with attachments on Gmail. The feature has just been enabled on my account and I’d like to walk you through the process. Note that I’m using the new compose window and not the old one.

To start click on the compose button at the upper right corner of the screen. The new compose window should come up. The bottom bar that begins with the send button lists the attachment icon.  Hover over it to see available options.

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Select the “Insert file using Drive” option with a left-click. An overlay window appears that you can use for the process. The left sidebar displays various locations that you can use to pick files including files from the local computer system, files that are already on Google Drive, shared, starred or recently selected files.

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If you want to select files from your local computer you can either use drag and drop to push them into the window or the file browser. Once your are done with the selection you can hit the upload button to upload the files to Google Drive.

Please note that you can only select one option at a time, so that you may need to open the interface twice if you need to upload files from the local PC and pick some files that are already on Google Drive.

You can then start filling out the email as usual. The files are checked for their access rights when you click on send, and you may get the following screen if the recipient does not have the proper rights to access them.

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The default selection is to let the recipients view the files. You can modify the right so that recipients can comment or edit instead. A click on more options displays additional information that are important:

  • Anyone with a link means that even non-recipients can open the files if they have the link. The advantage here is that a Google account is not required to access the files
  • Recipients of this email – recipients must have a Google account. This protects the files from being accessed by unauthorized users.

The links in the recipient’s email lead directly to Google Docs where they can either be accessed directly if you have selected the “anyone with a link” option, or after logging in to a Google account.

Remember that most cloud services offer some sort of file sharing.  Check with your cloud account to see how they do it.

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