Some Gmail users cannot drag and drop hyperlinks in emails, workaround inside


New updates are added at the bottom of this story …

The original story (published November 29, 2021) follows:

Gmail is one of the most widely used email services in the world. However, some users are having trouble writing.

According to several reports, while some users try to drag and drop hyperlinks into the body of the email on Gmail, the link is treated as an attachment. So they can’t write correctly.

Some users cannot drag and drop hyperlinks while composing in Gmail

Reports from some Gmail users describe that the drag and drop hyperlink feature is not working properly.

However, when trying to insert a web address into the body of the email, Gmail should automatically generate a hyperlink. However, instead, the web address is treated as an attachment.

This means that the link is not inserted correctly in the email. Specifically, it just adds an unnecessary attachment with the “.url” file extension:

What has changed so that I can no longer click, drag, drop a web address in the body of my emails?

I try to drop web addresses in the body of my emails. Now when I try to click, hold, drag, drop a web address into the body of my email, the “drop files here” box appears and the web address is treated as an external file that I tries to attach to the email. Previously I would get a hyperlink, without having to open the hyperlink box. Which give? Is this function no longer available or have I made a change in some way and can this be fixed?

The issue in question can be seen in detail in the following video:

Same here. Very frustrating.

No, it’s not about following links in emails, but when we composing an email we could drag webpage links into the post and they appeared fine.

Now when I drag a link into the email message it becomes an attachment with the “.url” file extension. Totally unnecessary.

There is a workaround that alleviates the problem

The problem would only occur in Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers. In addition to Gmail, incorrect insertion of hyperlinks also affects Google Docs.

So the workaround is to use a non-Chrome based browser. The most popular in this regard is Firefox, for example. But, there are also alternatives like Tor Browser, Waterfox, K-Meleon or Lunascape.


In the coming days, if there are any new developments in this regard, we will update this article. So stay tuned with us.

Update (December 10)

IST 11:50 am: The issue where URL click, drag, drop web address in email body no longer works would have been fixed and working fine now.

As such, this fix will likely be rolled out soon in the next Chrome update, and users could remove hyperlinks again.

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