Mail: Disable inline attachments

Discussion in 'macOS' started by daihard, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. daihard macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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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!
     
  2. daihard thread starter macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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    Okay, thanks. I wonder how Apple decided that attaching objects inline would be more desirable than doing so in a separate window, like every other mail client (that I know of, at least) does?
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I don't know either. A lot of people find it irritating, including myself at times.
     
  4. interrobang macrumors 6502

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  5. daihard thread starter macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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    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.
     
  6. thinkbliss macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  7. daihard, Dec 17, 2011
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    daihard thread starter macrumors 6502a

    daihard

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    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?
     
  8. swiftaw macrumors 603

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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.
     
  9. daihard thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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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