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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu System 10.4
Tiger only hintI wanted something like the "send to" option I have under the contextual menu at work on Windows 2000. I know I can use the Services menu, but that isn't in the contextual menu by default.

It turns out this is really easy with Automator. It's a two-step workflow:
  1. [Finder] - Get selected Finder items.
  2. [Mail] - New Mail Message.
Select "Save as Plug-in" from the File menu, and call it something like Mail-to. Now when you select a file in the Finder and use the contextual menu (control- or right-click), you will see your new workflow under the Automator item. It should create a new mail message with the file already attached.

[robg adds: There are, of course, other ways to send files. Drag to the Mail icon in the dock, for instance. Or use the similar-yet-different Mail/Automator hint from yesterday. I tested this one, and it works as described.]
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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: miked378 on Jun 15, '05 11:49:14AM
I'm glad to see the ease with which you can extend the contextual menu in the Finder, but for tasks like this, I find that Quicksilver can't be beat. It is ostensibly a launcher and file manipulation tool with built-in functions for doing most file operations (including mailing files as attachments), but the fact that it's free, doesn't require the mouse, and is completely customizable make it a winner for me.

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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: poody on Jun 15, '05 01:19:48PM

I tried making a script like this a couple days ago, but to send items to a specific address. I used the actions:

Get Specified Finder Items > New Mail Message (with the To: field defined) > Send Outgoing Messages

But when I try using it the mail isn't sent. Anyone know why this isn't working as it should?



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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: Arlo on Jun 15, '05 02:08:05PM

This is due to a bug with the current version of Automator (which will be fixed in 10.4.2). To get around it, click the flow dropdown in "Send Outgoing Messages" and select "Ignore results from previous action"

Other Mail-related workflows: http://www.automatorworld.com/category/workflows-actions/mail/


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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: matthewroth on Jun 15, '05 02:11:50PM

yes. on the send mail action there is a little arrow (or something like) click on that. there is an option to ignore last action. select that and try again.



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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: rikbogusz on Jun 15, '05 03:46:01PM

and stick a "create archive" action in the middle of the two actions mentioned, and you've got a .zip file to send out.

very handy, i've used it 3 times already today.

thanks for the tip!



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10.4: Mail attachments via the Finder's contextual menu
Authored by: boredzo on Jun 16, '05 01:32:51AM

I know I can use the Services menu, but that isn't in the contextual menu by default.

you can take care of that with ICeCoffEE, by Nicholas Riley.



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From the command line
Authored by: rohanl on Jun 16, '05 04:31:21AM
Just use open(1) ie.

  $ open -a Mail 


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From the command line
Authored by: rjbailey on Jun 16, '05 04:41:24PM
I used OnMyCommand to use this command in a contextual menu. I use this all the time, and OMC is great for lots of other things too. Seems to have no problems with Tiger.

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