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New Gmail Attachment Feature Makes Forwarding Easier

By December 18, 2019May 11th, 2022Technology News

Google has a solid reputation when it comes to making a steady stream of improvements to its large and growing base of products and services.  They have a demonstrated a track record when it comes to enhancing user experience. Recently, they’ve proved that once again by adding a new feature to Gmail that allows you to forward one or more emails you’ve received as attachments.

This enhancement allows the recipients of your forwarded message to open the attached email and view it in its original form with its headers intact.  While it’s useful for individual Gmail users, it’s incredibly useful to security professionals, network admins and server admins who often need to examine email headers.

There are two different ways you can use the new feature.  First, create a new blank email message and drag and drop one or more emails into the message you’re composing.  Second, you can select the emails you want to forward, click on the hamburger menu running across the top of your inbox and select “Forward as attachment.”

Whichever method you choose, the emails you attach will be sent as an EML file, which is supported by most of the email clients in use today. Even better, there’s no upper limit to the number of emails you can send as attachments.

On the receiving end, when you receive an attached EML message, clicking on it will open it in a new window.

Note that the new feature is currently rolling out and is not available universally at this point.  You’ll know when you have the functionality when you click on the three-dot More menu and see a new option: “Forward as attachment.”

Even if you don’t personally have much cause to use this new feature, it’s big news and will be a huge boon to admins.  Kudos to Google for the addition.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.