Mail: Disable inline attachments

daihard

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Feb 19, 2008
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Hi.

I've searched all over the Internet for a solution, but to no avail. So here goes...

When I attach something (like images and documents) to my outgoing mail message, I want it to be displayed in a separate area instead of showing up inline in the message body. As far as I know, all the other mail clients display attachments in a separate area, such as Outlook, Thunderbird and Kmail, but Mac Mail does not seem to have an easy way to let me do that. Is there a way to make it possible with Mac Mail?

TIA!
 

daihard

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Feb 19, 2008
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Seattle, WA
How the attachments are displayed depends on the format of the message (plain text messages always have separate attachments) how they are attached (inline or "end") and the client the recipient is using.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mail/10.7/en/mlhlp1050.html
Thanks for the reply. However, I am not talking about how my attachment is displayed on the recipient's mail client, but how it shows up on my Mac Mail as I write a message with an attachment.
 

thinkbliss

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Dec 16, 2011
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Go through the terminal

Typically things like this are fixed with a few simple command lines. Open Terminal and type in:

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes

That fixed it for me.
 

daihard

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Feb 19, 2008
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Seattle, WA
Typically things like this are fixed with a few simple command lines. Open Terminal and type in:

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes

That fixed it for me.
Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, that did not make any difference, either on my outgoing mail or my incoming mail. Is it supposed to fix both, or just the incoming?

[CORRECTION] It does change the behaviour of the incoming message, where it now shows the attached files as icons instead of showing their contents inline. Unfortunately, that's not what I was looking for. First, the attached files should really show up in a separate section instead of inside the message body (like with most other major mail clients). Second, I really want my attached files to not show up in my OUTGOING message. Any more advice?
 
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swiftaw

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Jan 31, 2005
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Mail does not have a separate section for the attachments, they are displayed in the message window. Use Thunderbird if you want an app that lists the attachments in their own area.
 

daihard

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Feb 19, 2008
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Seattle, WA
Mail does not have a separate section for the attachments, they are displayed in the message window. Use Thunderbird if you want an app that lists the attachments in their own area.
Thanks for the suggestion. I am a not fan of Thunderbird, but I may have no choice. Kmail (for KDE) is an excellent mail client, but it won't run on Mac OS X. :(
 
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