Some Gmail users can’t 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 encounter problems while writing.

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

Some users can’t drag and drop hyperlinks while composing in Gmail

Reports from some Gmail users describe that the hyperlink drag and drop 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 into the body of my emails?

I try to drop web addresses into 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 which I try to attach to the email. Previously I was getting a hyperlink, without having to open the hyperlink box. Which give? Is this feature no longer available or did I make a change somehow and this can be resolved?

The problem 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 were composing an email, we could drag web page links into the message and they displayed correctly.

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

There is a workaround that alleviates the problem

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

So the workaround is to use a non-Chromium 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 next few days, if there are new developments in this regard, we will update this article. So stay tuned with us.

Update (December 10)

IST 11:50 a.m.: The issue where the URL click, drag, drop web address in the body of emails no longer works has would have has been fixed and works fine now.

As such, this fix will likely roll out soon with the next Chrome update, and users might again remove hyperlinks.

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