Forum Question: Attachments in the Body of an Email Message

when sending an attachment, I don’t mind if mail treats a picture as something I want to appear in the email itself…. but I do mind if on occasion, mail treats a pdf as something I want to appear in the body of the email. How can I prevent a pdf from doing this in mail. The problem of course is that you can barely read it cause it is so small. I have tried everything short of leaving my mail and going directly to gmail and sending it as an attachment. Gmail and Yahoo always treat anything I send as an attachment… as an attachment. They NEVER put it in the body of the email. Why does Mail do that?

— Barbara

Comments: 3 Responses to “Attachments in the Body of an Email Message”

    6/21/10 @ 12:47 pm

    There are two ends to consider here. The sending end and the receiving end. Apple Mail will show you images and other attachments in the same window as the body of the message. This often has nothing to do with the way the message was sent. Mail is just making it easy for you to view the message and attachments all in one place.
    So just because you, using Apple Mail, see the attachments, doesn’t mean that someone else will if they are using something else.
    So it really depends on how the mail client shows attachments, not how you send them. The receiver may have a mail client like Apple Mail that shows them attachments in the same space as the message text, and they may not. You can’t control their view options.
    Now one thing you might want to do is to go to the menu item Edit, Attachments and set it so attachments are always but at the end of the message. Another option would be to compress (zip) every file before you send it.

    8/29/11 @ 1:34 pm

    I am having troubles with my clients being able to download the attachments that u include on my email messages. They are using outlook. I have tried both dragging and doping into the message as well as clicking the attach button. On their end they have no way of downloading the attachment. They see it in the message, but it’s simply an thumbnail.

    Any suggestions or ways around this? I have been using a file transfer site like to send them attachments, it would be nice to allow them to see the mail from my address and not wetransfer.

      8/29/11 @ 2:17 pm

      Not sure. You’d have to look at what they are seeing and troubleshoot from their end.

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