You can now send an email as an attachment in Gmail
Gmail as an email service from Google needs no introduction. Launched in 2004, Gmail boasts of more than 1.5 Billion users as of last year, showing off how many users rely on it for their daily emailing needs. If you count yourself as someone who uses Gmail every day, you would be glad to know that you can now send emails as attachments to emails, without needing to download them either.
— Gmail (@gmail) December 9, 2019
Many users would find themselves in situations where a few emails need to be forwarded to the same set of recipients. Conventionally, all of these emails would be separately forwarded to the set of recipients, in turn littering their inboxes with threads of emails that they now need to keep track of. While this worked to serve its purpose, it wasn’t the most ideal solution.
Now, Gmail lets you attach emails to emails. This makes the most sense in the abovementioned scenario, where multiple emails all relate to similar topics and are intended to be sent to the same set of recipients. Sending emails as an attachment thus opens up the possibility to write a summary email message and then attach the entire set of supporting emails, which can then be opened up by the recipients in their email client. This helps keep the recipient’s email cleaner and better organized.
To attach emails to an email, you can drag and drop them into the draft window, or select the emails and then from the overflow (three-dot) menu select “Forward as attachment”. To reply to an existing thread with an attachment, you can pop-out the compose window and then drag and drop emails to it. The attached email in all these instances becomes a .eml file. When a .eml email attachment is clicked on, it will open in a new window.
This feature is rolling out to Gmail users gradually. To check if you have received this feature, you can try to locate the “Forward as attachment” option in the overflow menu.