Mail attachment won't work, but works in Gmail

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by archdelux, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. archdelux macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    I have noticed that a PDF file I received as an attachment did not work in the Mail app ('the file could not be opened'), but I went to Gmail and opened the file just fine... is there some common error that I am unaware of?

    Any idea what causes this or how to fix it?
  2. Sydde macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2009
    Is this via a regular ISP mail account? My ISP limits messages to 10Mb, which works out to about a 7Mb file, is it a really big pdf?
  3. archdelux thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    That's what is so strange.. it is just 2.8mb and nothing really strange about it at all.. It is my Gmail acct as I mentioned, and I can open the file fine via gmail (in the browser). Also, I download the file from Gmail and I can open it just fine.

    If I download it via mail--it says it cannot recognize this file type. Quick look doesn't work either

    Any thoughts?

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