Add attachments to Google Calendar events

If you’re scheduling meetings with colleagues, students or clients, it’s important to make sure that everyone is on the same page. One of the easiest ways to do that is by attaching a file to the Google Calendar event with the help of Google Calendar Labs.

Since this features is not available natively with Google Calendar, you’ll first need to enable the Event Attachments Lab. This Lab makes it really easy to add files directly from Google Drive (or your desktop) as an attachment. This is perfect if you want attendees to be prepared before a meeting begins, or if you want to quickly refer to a file during the event.

To Add Attachments to Google Calendar:

  1. Go to your Google Calendar
  2. Click on the Settings gear in the top-right corner of your screen
  3. Select Labs
  4. Scroll down and enable the Event Attachments Lab
  5. Save your changes

Now when you create a new event, you should see a new field that allows you to ‘Add attachment’. Keep in mind that this only allows you to add attachments to events you have created, not events that you have been invited to.

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    • It’s definitely still available, as long as you have access to Calendar Labs you should see it.

      If you don’t have access to Calendar Labs, talk to your Google Apps Administrator. Also, make sure you’re in the Calendar Labs section, not the Gmail Labs section.


  1. How can I add an attachment to Calendar that is not saved on Google Drive? I have a document that is on my C-Drive and do not want to save to Google Drive.


    • Ray,

      You should see an option to Upload a file, which is where you’ll be able to drag-and-drop files from your computer or select them from a folder.


  2. Do the folks invited to the meeting need to have the lab enabled to see the attachment?


  3. Thanks, I had issues finding the event attachment at first but realized I was in the gmail settings section. Once in the calendar, settings, labs, event attachment was available.


  4. Does the Drive file you attach need to be shared in advance with the attendees or does this process take care of those permissions for you and make it available?


    • Great question, Dave! You need to share the file with the attendees within the file itself, adding the file as an attachment does not take care of it for you.


      • Hi Gooru,

        I was in Calendar Labs.

        The labs setting available there are:
        Hide morning and night, Gentle Notifications, Automatically declining events, Who’s my one-on-one with?, Year view, Background image, Free or busy, Jump to date, Next meeting and World clock.
        Just don’t see “Add attachment”.
        the funny thing is, I use my another google account to try, and yes there is!


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