Saving email as raw message source without icon rendering

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MacPronalds, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. MacPronalds macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Does anybody have an answer to to this?

    In Mail, I sometimes get phishing and spam emails. I like to save them as raw message source and then change the file extension to ".txt" to examine the content safely. When the file saves, the Finder renders an icon from the content and I'm worried that it might be connecting to external servers when it does that. I try saving the email with a .txt extension, but Mail forces it back to .eml. Is there a way to turn that behavior off?
  2. MacPronalds thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2014
    Figured it out. From the finder - View -> Show View Options -> click on the desktop -> uncheck "Show Icon Preview". Then I save the email on the desktop, do a "Get Info" and change the file extension to txt. And then I can look at it using Text Edit.

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