Get a reminder for forgotten attachments in Gmail

All you have to do is say the magic words

The Gmail web interface prompts you to add an attachment if you reference it in the body of the message, but don’t include it in the email.

When you use Gmail with an email client such as Microsoft Outlook or iOS Mail, the email client (not Gmail) takes responsibility for the attachments. While modern versions of Outlook ask the same way as Gmail, many don’t, so you can’t rely on the Gmail service alone unless you use it directly on the web or in the dedicated Gmail mobile app.

Get a forgotten app reminder

To receive notifications from Gmail when you promise a file in your message but can’t attach files, include the following sentences in your message body:

  • I have attached

  • I have attached

  • I turned on

  • I turned on

  • See Appendix

  • See Appendix

  • Attached file

That’s it – no special adjustments or settings. Gmail parses messages and automatically marks when you’ve used a magic phrase without an attachment.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to sending attachments with Gmail in case you need a refresher.

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