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Automating Email Attachments as PDFs with Zapier

Published on Feb 28th, 2024

Harnessing the Power of Zapier for PDF Email Attachments

If you're looking to streamline your workflow by automatically converting email attachments to PDFs, Zapier offers a robust solution. Zapier, an online automation tool, seamlessly connects your favorite apps and services to create automated tasks without writing any code. Here's how you can make Zapier turn your incoming email attachments into PDF documents.

Step-by-Step Guide to Setting Up Your Zap

  1. Create a Zapier Account: Firstly, sign up for a Zapier account or log in if you already have one.

  2. Choose Your Email App as the Trigger: Select the email service you are using (such as Gmail, Outlook, etc.) as the trigger app and pick the appropriate trigger event, like 'New Attachment'.

  3. Set Up the Trigger: Configure your email app with the necessary details. Specify which mailbox to monitor and any filtering criteria for emails that contain attachments.

  1. Choose a PDF Converter: For the action step, you will need a PDF converter tool. Search for a PDF converter like 'CloudConvert' or 'WebMerge' within Zapier's action apps.

  2. Configure the PDF Conversion: After selecting your PDF converter tool, set up the action by mapping the email attachment you want to convert to the input field of the PDF convert tool.

  3. Specify Output Options: Choose where you'd like to save the converted PDF. This could be a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or even back to your email.

  1. Test and Enable Your Zap: Before finalizing, test your Zap to make sure it works correctly. After successful testing, turn on your Zap.

Automating PDF Conversion for Efficiency

With Zapier doing the heavy lifting, you no longer need to manually convert your attachments to PDF — allowing you to focus on more critical aspects of your business or project.

Tips for Optimizing Your Zap

  • Include relevant keywords when naming your Zap for easier identification.

  • Make use of Zapier's built-in filters to target specific email attachments.

  • Consider combining your Zap with other automations, like sending an email notification upon successful PDF conversion.

By following these instructions, you can set up a Zapier automation that saves time and enhances your document management process.


Zapier provides an invaluable service for businesses, freelancers, and anyone looking to improve their document handling through automation. Converting email attachments to PDF format is just one of the many tasks that can be easily automated with this powerful tool.

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