Between ebooks, case studies, data sheets, proposals, and contracts, you probably send email attachments on a daily — if not hourly — basis.

And that means you might be using the common phrase "Please find attached." Other variations include "Attached please find," Please kindly find the attached file," Please find the attached file for your reference," and "Enclosed please find."

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Should you use "Please find attached"?

No. First, it sounds stuffy and overly formal. You want to strike a conversational, natural tone with your prospect — not write like a nineteenth-century lawyer.

Second, this phrase is unnecessary. Your attachment will show up in the email, so there's no need to announce its existence unless your email doesn't already reference it.

Third, it's a "request" that's not optional. Like "thanks in advance,"that can make prospects bristle.

Option 1: Attach the file with no explanation.

If the sole purpose of your email is sending an attachment, cut the phrase entirely.


Option 2: "Here is"

You can also opt for "here's [title of the attachment.]" Short and sweet.


Option 3: "I've attached"

This is another simple, non-jargon-y alternative.


Option 4: "This [X] has …"

You can also describe the attachment's contents, such as, "This case study includes …" or "This business case explains …"


Option 5: "I'm sharing [X] with you."

This statement subtly puts you and your prospect on the same team, making your relationship feel more collaborative.


Option 6: "You'll find the attachment below."

You never want an attachment to go unnoticed. This ensures your prospect is aware of the information you attached, but keeps the tone conversational and light.


Option 7:"Let me know if you have questions about the attachment."

This is another subtle way to communicate an attachment while letting your prospect know your door is open and you're available for questions.


Option 8:"The requested document is attached to this email."

When sending a document that has been specifically requested, make sure your prospect knows the information they asked for can be found in the attachment.


Option 9:"Relevant information is attached."

If the attached document expands on the topic of the email, call this out so the reader knows to reference the document for more information.


Option 10:"The attached [X] includes..."

For lengthier or more comprehensive documents, you can include a brief synopsis of what the prospect can expect to see when they open it.


Option 11:"When you review the attached [X], you will see..."

This statement both instructs the recipient to review the attached document and outlines what the document entails.


Option 12:"Please see the attached [X] for more details..."

This helps you clearly call out what the attached document is and what pertinent details it contains for your prospect.


Option 13:"Take a look at the attached [X]"

Use this statement when you have a document that you need the recipient's feedback on.


Option 14:"Attached herewith this email..."

If you are sending an email that is more formal in tone, this phrase is a good option. Because it is more business formal and may not hold up well in more casual conversations, we recommend using it sparingly.


Synonyms to "Attached"

Need some more alternatives? Switch it up with ‘attached' synonyms.

Option 15: "I've linked"

Whether you're linking to site pages or content downloads, let your prospect know to look out for a link, so they don't miss the valuable information you've included.


Option 16: "For reference, I've appended … "

Use this for a first introduction. If the prospect downloaded a piece of content from your site, let them know you noticed, and provide them with additional resources in your introductory email.


Option 17: "Please see the enclosed … "

This is a bit formal, but it's helpful when attaching important documents that require action.


Option 18: " … added [resource] to this email."

If you've wrapped up a call or meeting with a prospect, send them a recap email and include notes about what was discussed. It keeps the conversation at the top of your prospect's mind and reinforces key points and takeaways.


Option 19: "The enclosed [X] shows..."

If you're using a document to reiterate a point or idea, mentioning the attached file will keep your reader focused on the key takeaway.


Option 20: "Enclosed is..."

This is a simple way to indicate a document needs the reader's attention without saying "attached."


These "please find attached" alternatives will make your emails feel less stiff and stilted. Small words, big impact.

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Editor's note: This post was originally published in November 2, 2017 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.

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Originally published Oct 23, 2019 10:40:00 PM, updated June 10 2021


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