is there a keyboard shortcut to mail an attachment?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by g-boac, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. g-boac macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    Is there a keyboard shortcut in Mail or Finder to e-mail a selected file(s) as an attachment? I'm thinking of something analogous to how shift-command-i in Safari automatically pastes a link to whatever you're viewing into an e-mail message, for you to address and send.

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    There's a menu item to do so. In Finder, go to Finder -> Services -> Mail -> Send File. You ought to be able to use the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane to map a keyboard shortcut to that.
  3. g-boac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007

    Got it! Thanks!!!

  4. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    How exactly did you do this ??? I would love to have a keyboard shortcut to do this.
  5. Olivier L. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    Alternate: Quicksilver

    In case you have it or were thinking to use it...

    I regularly send attachment with quicksilver: I select the file (in finder or on desktop) then call Quicksilver, point to Cu...rrent Selected Item(s), then M...ail to, then i type the name of the recipient (or the first letters)...

    In total, this takes around 3 seconds..
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Yeah, Quicksilver will get the job done too. Still, in this case a key combo is preferable to a brief series of keystrokes. Don't get me wrong, Quicksilver is an amazing app, but sometimes key mapping is nice too.
  7. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I wrote a Applescript / folder action that will take all the files I drag into that one folder (called 'Files to Email') and create a new email and automatically attach those files to the email.
  8. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    One think I'm absolutely unfamiliar with is this process. I went and tried to create a new one, but I don't get how you assign it to a function in Mail? Can someone break down how you do this or point me to a reference. I searched for it through help but only told me how to change an existing one.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Drag file onto your email client app icon in dock or drag onto the email message you are writing.
  10. txnoob macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Yep, that one I understand. Quite nifty really. But was wondering about a keystroke combo that would automatically open mail and insert the selected file into a new email
  11. yeknommonkey macrumors newbie


    Nov 24, 2008
    Adding custom commands

    You can add things like this using the keyboard settings.

    I've just done exactly what you want to do (i think...)

    1. Open System Preferences

    2. Go to the 'Keyboard' Item

    3. click on 'keyboard shortcuts' tab

    4. in the left hand column, select 'Services'

    5. in the right hand column choose the selection for 'Messaging' (click the arrow to pen the sub text if it's not there already) and then make sure "New Email With Attachment" is TICKED.
    add a keyboard shortcut such as "Command, Shift E" by selecting the blank area to the right of the wording, and then hitting that Keyboard Combo you want to use

    6. close system prefs, and test it out - works from finder - and probably anything else where the services directory is available, if you have keyboard conflicts where you have used the same keystroke in another app, you may need to choose a different one, or assign it only to finder.

    hope it works for you!
  12. aumtea macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2010

    7. Open and Close Mail - before this worked for me
  13. lawlist macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    New Email With Attachment

    Thanks -- I used 10.6.4 system preferences to assign to Finder a keyboard shortcut to "New Email With Attachment" which is listed under services when the finder focus is on a file, and it worked -- thanks for the suggestions which led me to the resolution.

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