How to Write a Gmail Email Directly in Google Docs

Have you ever worked on a document that prompted someone to email you? With a handy feature in Google Docs, you can compose your email and then, with a single click, create the draft in Gmail.

This feature comes in handy in many situations. You can create multiple emails in a single document, ready to send when you go to Gmail. You can have this email for reference or follow-up right in the document that prompted it. You can also ask other people you’re sharing the Google Doc with to collaborate on the email.

If you haven’t discovered this feature yet, let’s see where to find it and how to use it.


Create a Gmail draft in Google Docs

Head over to Google Docs, sign in, and open your document. Place your cursor where you want to create the email. Then go to Insert from the menu. Select Building Blocks > Email Draft.

Click Email Draft from the Insert Building Blocks menu.

You will then see the template appear in your document, ready to receive your information.

Draft email inserted into Google Docs

Enter your recipient’s email address or use the @ (At) symbol to add from a Personal Chip.

You can also do the same for CC and BCC addresses.

Insert email addresses from microchip

Enter the subject, then place your cursor in the space at the bottom to type your message.

Add the email message to the template

When you’re done, click the blue Gmail icon. This puts the email directly into Gmail, ready to send.

Gmail button to create draft

Open draft email in Gmail

Go to Gmail and go to the Drafts label folder. You should see the email you created in Google Docs. Select it, edit the details if needed, then send it when you’re ready.

Email from Google Docs in Gmail

Whether you use this feature for yourself or to collaborate in Google Docs, the ability to draft an email waiting to be sent in Gmail saves you time.

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