Email cut off when using docx template stored on Google drive and gmail client in browser

I send out weekly reports and the go over a couple of pages. Recently, the reports get cut off when you view then in a gmail client in a browser. This is easy to reproduce.

  1. I have a multi-page email template stored as a docx file on Google drive
  2. I need to use the docx format as pretty much all formatting and tables disappear if I use Google docs and open the email in gmail
  3. When I open the email using the gmail client in a browser, the text is cut off after about one page’s worth of text and the text “powered by Appsheet” appears in the left margin.
  4. Also, the left margin is quite big (to make space for “powered by Appsheet”)

  1. If I open the same email on an Android phone, the message is not cut off but the left margin is too big and the text “powered by Appsheet” appears a bit randomly in the margin half way down the text:

  1. If I open the same email again in Yahoo mail, all looks good. The left margin is what it should be and the text “powered by Appsheet” appears at the bottom as usual.

This seems to have started with the latest update to the gmail client.

Does anyone know a work-around?

I realise that this may be a gmail rendering problem but as Appsheet is part of Google, it would be great if we could get this to work.

I do believe it is an email client rendering problem.

Does the long text HAVE to be within the email body? Could you instead store the long text in a document and attach it to the email?

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I could put it in an attachment as the pdf is rendered correctly.

However, most of the users will be on mobile devices and my experience is that people don’t like reading pdfs on mobile phones.

As Appsheet is part of Google, I thought is was quite reasonable to ask for email templates to be rendered correctly in gmail…

Is it a template issue? Or is it an issue with any email that has long body text?

AppSheet can probably pass on the word to those responsible for Gmail. But, as you know, Google is a large company so the Gmail people probably don’t converse with the AppSheet people often.

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Just a quick thought, you may be able to format your template so that when inserted, the email is HTML based. Then it may render better. I am not certain how that can be done. Hopefully someone else can provide some comment on that.

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I haven’t seen it with any other email and the email is cut off exactly where it says “powered by Appsheet” so I would say it has something to do with the Appsheet rendering of the email.

Also, the email isn’t cut off if I use exactly the same document bu in Google docs format. The problem with that is that tables and formatting are then ignored in the email body (in the gmail client). That is why I am using the docx format.

Ahh ok. I didn’t get this from the original post. Makes sense now!!

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Please contact Support for help with this.

I have emailed it to them. I posted it here in case someone had found a workaround.

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I keep running into this issue. I just discovered that the email get truncated in different places depending on the page size of the word document template. So it seems that the problem is related to the page break.

So, in theory, you could solve this by having a very large page size. Hower, google docs doesn’t let you use a custom size so the biggest you can have is A3/tabloid.