How to Email a Google Sheets File as an Excel File

Sending documents like those created in Word or Excel typically involves attaching them to an email.

Google Sheets can also attach files to an email, but you can actually do it directly from the Sheets file itself.

The file will be sent to any email address(es) you specify from the emailing window, and you can elect to send it in a couple of different formats, including an Excel file.

Our guide below will show you how to email an Excel file from Google Sheets.

How to Email Google Sheets in the Excel Format

  1. Open your Google Sheets file.
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. Choose the Email option, then Email as attachment.
  4. Click the PDF dropdown and choose Microsoft Excel.
  5. Complete the email and click Send.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

How to Email an Excel File from Google Sheets (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this guide were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the Sheets file you would like to email.

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.

click the File tab

Step 3: Choose the Email option, then select Email as attachment.

Note that there is an option to email collaborators as well if you have been working with others on this file and want to email them.

click Email, then Email as attachment

Step 4: Click the PDF dropdown at the bottom-left of the window, then select Microsoft Excel.

click the PDF dropdown then select Microsoft Excel

Step 5: Enter the recipient’s email address, edit the subject if necessary, add your message, then click the blue Send button at the bottom-right of the window.

how to email a Google Sheets file as an Excel file

Alternatively you could select the Download option from the File menu and save the Sheets file to your computer as an Excel file. That file could then be attached to an email in the way that you normally attach files to the emails that you send.

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