You have many options for how to send or share a file with someone in Google Drive. There’s the obvious. Drag a file from your local folder and drop it onto an e-mail.

If you are using Gmail or G Suite, then you have some additional, and powerful options for sending and sharing files in Google Drive.

There are two ways of sharing a file. As an attachment, or as a link, or reference to a location in Google Drive.

Sharing the location or reference to a file will save you the trouble of uploading it. This makes the dragging and dropping option less attractive, especially with larger files. You’ll learn in the video that using the integrated Google Drive attach files option in Gmail, gives you two options for how to send a file.

As an attachment, you don’t have to worry about sharing options, and since you are sending directly from the web, you also won’t need to upload. Your recipient will need to download the file, when they receive it, or they can save it to their own Google Drive folder.

As a reference point, or link, the file will need to be shared. If the file is not already shared with the recipients in your e-mail, Google Drive is smart. It will prompt you with your file sharing options. You can choose to share it directly with any recipients on that e-mail (more restricted and more secure), or you can open up the share link to enable access to anyone who has it.

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