How to autosave attachments in Mail.app / Thunderbird?

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

    RedTomato

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    Hello,

    I have a problem with Mail.app that has been bugging me for a long time now.

    Back when I used Eudora on my PC, all attachments (Word docs, Excel docs, pictures etc) were autosaved to an attachments folder outside the mail application. This mean that on the desktop, if i wanted to track down a document, I could do a general search in all word docs on my computer. Most useful.

    Now, with Mail.app (and I think, with Thunderbird) attachments are stored by default with the mail inside the .mbox file (i think). This means I can't search for the particular document, or search the contents of the attachments.

    I find this very frustrating, as I get sent a lot of attachments and I don't want to have to manually save each and every attachment in each new email i receive, on the off-chance that I might want to search in it later.

    Is there any way, either in mail.app or in Thunderbird of autosaving all attachments in an attachment folder (a desktop folder not a mailbox style folder) without any action on my part? Can I apply this to an entire folder of old mail with attachments?

    Many thanks
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    In Mail: Mark ALL your messages, then choose File -> Save Attachements and pick a nice place (a new folder somwhere)...

    For the future: I guess you could make an Apple Script to Save Attachment to a certain place from a mail message, then make a new rule which runs that script whenever you get a new message...
     
  3. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

    RedTomato

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    Thanks Mitthrawnuruodo, will certainly do that for all my old messages.

    As for creating a new AppleScript to save attachments in new mail..

    Have now had a look in the applescripts folder, looked at a few mail scripts, and concluded that a simple thing like this is actually well beyond the fragments of coding that I remember from my student days.

    Could someone give me an example of an applescript to do this? I really don't want to risk mangling up my precious emails ... :(

    Many thanks

    Tomato
     
  4. justflie macrumors 6502a

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