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Yet another Mail.app attachment-dragging hint:

You can create a new message with an attachment from another message just by dragging the attachment from the one message to the Mail.app icon in your dock. A new message opens up with the attachment pre-attached.

This of course is hardly different from dragging a file from the Finder to the Mail icon in the dock. But it's a handy one-step maneuver if, for example, you need to forward artwork from someone on your staff to one of your clients without your artist's commentary.

I only mention it because it seems a little strange to drag something from an app back into the same app, but hey, it works.
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Drag attachments from Mail to Mail to attach anew
Authored by: syko on Mar 10, '06 08:03:26AM

This is news? ;)

FWIW, it's pretty acceptable to think that with Macs you can drag and drop just about anything in any particular manner.



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Drag attachments from Mail to Mail to attach anew
Authored by: michelle_eris on Mar 10, '06 10:47:05AM

Why not simply select the attachment and forward the message? The forwarded message will contain only the attachment. No need to drag and drop anything.



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Drag attachments from Mail to Mail to attach anew
Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 10, '06 10:51:31AM

There's nothing "wrong" with doing it your way, too. No reason you can't do either one. The point of a hint is to tell you how to do something, but it's not necessary that the hint tell you the *best* way to do something.

Some people have a different style of interacting with the machine. The windowed GUI has given us lots of alternatives. It's good to know about them, if you're a hints geek [and you are, or you wouldn't be here].

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Drag attachments from Mail to Mail to attach anew
Authored by: thornrag on Mar 10, '06 12:09:37PM

Yeah, it's a minor hint, and I'm hardly new to the concept of drag-and-drop, thank you very much, but it was an unexpected victory when I tried it instinctively and had it actually work.

I also know that you can drag attachments directly from a Mail message into a Transmit window to have the attached file uploaded to a remote server.

I guess I'm just pleased with how well drag-and-drop has been implemented in Mail with regard to attachments. Tricks like this didn't always work before.

Maybe some would prefer for me to have written an Applescript to do it?



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Authored by: thornrag on Mar 10, '06 12:11:29PM

Also worth pointing out is that my way is one step. Selecting the attachment then clicking "Forward" is two. ;)



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Drag attachments from Mail to Mail to attach anew
Authored by: ParadisePete on Mar 12, '06 11:34:11AM
my way is one step.

Yeah*, but it's a long one ;-)
I never thought to drop a file on the app. I always make a new message and drop the file in the window. So the hint helped me in more ways than one.

*and besides, it's drag AND drop.... ;-)


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