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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages Apps
OK, this is totally out there in the semi-obvious open, but it's so nice to finally have it! If you'd rather send real attachments, instead of inline images, here's how.

While not in the middle of sending an email from Mail, go to the Edit » Attachments menu, and revel in the new 'Always Insert Attachments at end of Message' option.
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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: osxpounder on Nov 27, '07 03:27:39PM

Great news; good tip. Thanks! That was a good move on Apple's part.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: banfiz on Nov 27, '07 03:42:40PM

Great. Now if we only had an option to have all attachments display as an icon as well without the need of 3rd party extras.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: capacity on Nov 27, '07 04:02:44PM

Is there a filetype for which control/right-clicking and selecting "View as Icon" doesn't work?



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: aqsalter on Nov 27, '07 07:17:14PM

It's not that it doesn't work.
It's that you have to do it for _every_ attachment you insert.
I'd rather the default be that it shows as an icon and then i can view inline if I want.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 28, '07 03:29:53AM

Also, try dragging the icon to somewhere else in the message - it'll snap back to being inline :(

AND, it doesn't arrive as an icon at the other end anyway, even if you do have it display as one. Mail.app really is quite stupid in this regard - try attaching a photo and a single page pdf, then choosing medium or small for the photo size - the pdf will resize as well! Idiotic!

Also, try printing an e-mail with attachments (not just pictures). There's no way to stop it printing the attachment as well as the body, and what's worse, the body will often re-size to match the attachment size, and be totally unreadable.

The number of Windows users I get complaining that they can't open the pictures I send is ridiculous. Why on earth they can't just be sent as simple attachments is beyond me.

Mark



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: mbenchoff on Nov 28, '07 08:19:37AM

For your issue with Windows users, do you have "Always Send Windows-Friendly Attachments" checked in the same Edit->Attachments menu? I'm running 10.5, but IIRC, it's available in 10.4 as well...and 10.3 and earlier was too long ago for my feeble memory.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 28, '07 12:20:47PM

I do thanks, yes.

I think the issue isn't so much that the Windows users can't open the attachments, it's that because they appear inline (and this hint still puts them inline - just inline at the end of the message), they try double clicking on them, and nothing happens.

OK, so they're stupid Windows users of course, but given that most people are Windows users, why can't Mail have an option to send attachments the way virtually every other e-mail client does?

Plus, for pictures you don't want actually inline in the body, or for other documents like pdf's, it's so much cleaner to have icons attached than images.

Mark



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: sezme on Nov 28, '07 04:55:44PM

Actually, the 'Windows friendly' option still often results in photos that appear inline and don't appear as attachments. The answer I've found is to make sure the message is sent as plain text rather than rich text.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 29, '07 01:46:11AM

True, but that in turn destroys any formatting I've included (no, I don't want to start an argument re plain text vs. rich text/HTML in e-mails!) and need to retain.

Another workaround is to zip up the attachments before sending, but the real solution is for Apple to get it right.

Mark



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: dfobert on Jan 07, '10 07:57:42PM

Actually, you can force it to always use icons for attachments with this Terminal command:
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes

Got it through the blog below, much better for my work email now
http://micahgilman.com/play/disable-mac-mailapp-inline-image-attachments/



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: spicyj on Nov 27, '07 04:11:33PM

But now, I can't see the things I've attached. (Unless I'm missing something…)



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Bakari on Nov 27, '07 05:18:14PM

Cool. I really need this hint. thanx



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: pwharff on Nov 28, '07 11:06:34AM

Obvious but an awesome hint. I didn't see until I saw this hint. Thank you!



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: zooids on Nov 28, '07 11:48:33AM

Found a small bug with this. With this selection chosen, you cannot attach vCards to a message. I wonder if there are other file types that don't work too...



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: yalag on Nov 29, '07 10:23:16AM

yea but then how do I see my list of attachments?????????????????????????



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: macademic on Jan 15, '08 07:01:14AM
http://forums.macworld.com/thread/96377

"Apparently if you try to attach a file when the "always insert attachments at end of message" setting is activated, and there is not text in the body of the message, it doesn't work. I have filed a bug report with Apple."

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