Automatically downloaded mail attachments

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rex450se, May 1, 2011.

  1. rex450se macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2011
    Independence, MO
    I am new to OS X, so I am still finding things I can't find a solution to, and this one I have yet to find an answer to. I have set up my gmail account through the mail application and am liking it so far, except one thing. It seems as the mail app downloads any attachments automatically. If I am searching in Finder and looking in the All Photos folder it shows pictures from mail messages that I have never looked at on this particular computer. How can I keep it from automatically downloading all those pictures?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    OK. For the vast majority of email messages, it is impossible to not to download the attachment with the rest of the message. This is because the attachment and text are all part of one file. The attached file is transcoded from 8-bit binary to 7-bit ASCII and appended to the host message. Most modern email clients automatically separate the attachment part of the message from the text, but old fashioned text-based email clients like the UNIX mail client do not. However, the whole file must be downloaded before its parts can be separated. Mail and most other email clients that automatically separate the attachment from the host message usually save attachments to a default directory (folder). However, the user may change this location on a case-by-case basis. However, it is impossible for Mail not to download the attachment.

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