Attached files in Mt. Lion's Mail

davidlv

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Running ML 10.8.1, Mail prefs set to download attachments to the Desktop, but they don't. Attached files are buried deep in the mail folders in the Users folder. I still have to drag the attached file's icon from the mail message to the desktop manually. Any way to work around this feature (bug)?
 

talmy

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It won't do it automatically. When you display a message that has attachments, there will be a Save button in the upper right corner of the message. Click that and the attachment will be saved to your selected location.
 

davidlv

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It won't do it automatically. When you display a message that has attachments, there will be a Save button in the upper right corner of the message. Click that and the attachment will be saved to your selected location.
Thanks, I didn't notice that "save" icon. But that term "save" implies that the attachments still exist buried deep in various folders, which could really build up over long periods of time. .....:(
 

sidewinder

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Thanks, I didn't notice that "save" icon. But that term "save" implies that the attachments still exist buried deep in various folders, which could really build up over long periods of time. .....:(
Huh?

If an email is saved in some local folder in Apple Mail, it would certainly be logical for the whole email, including any attachments, to be saved. If the email an attachment is associated with is deleted, so is the attachment. Just like it should be.

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matrix07

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Thanks, I didn't notice that "save" icon. But that term "save" implies that the attachments still exist buried deep in various folders, which could really build up over long periods of time. .....:(
Then you just simply delete those mails when you choose. Why do you want a mail sans attachment piled on your mailbox?
 
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talmy

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The "attachment" is actually part of the message. It's something that modern (the past 15 years!) mail programs keep hidden from you. In Mail, do a View-->Message-->Raw Source and you can see the encoded attachments in a mail message.

If it's taking too much space and you don't want the attachment but still want the message then you can do a Message-->Remove Attachments, and the attachment parts of the message will be deleted.
 

davidlv

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The "attachment" is actually part of the message. It's something that modern (the past 15 years!) mail programs keep hidden from you. In Mail, do a View-->Message-->Raw Source and you can see the encoded attachments in a mail message.
If it's taking too much space and you don't want the attachment but still want the message then you can do a Message-->Remove Attachments, and the attachment parts of the message will be deleted.
Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
There are several reasons I can think of for wanting to have the a message at hand for reference, but not having two copies of the attached files. I do translation work and keep related documents categorized in folders by client name, some are work files that get edited and some are for reference only. Having the attachment saved in its original form is necessary, but having it buried deep in the mail folder is useless, and if it is a copy, that is a waste of HD space. Granted with the size of modern HDs, there is a lot of space available, I am only using 1/2 of my current 500GB HD, and most of that is taken by music or movie files, not work related at all, as those files are much smaller.
Thus, I found the other comments here a little strange huh...:rolleyes:, while your feedback was very well-informed and quite useful. Thanks again! :cool: