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272 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 12:44 PM by DonMigell RSS
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Feb 26, 2013 10:42 AM

Bought new imac, having been a pc man for last 13 years and am now finding what was formaerly basic workwith the PC being brain draining!

When I receive an email with an attachment, I save it and it finds its way to  'documents'. When I open it in documents it's fine. If I try to at attatch it to a new email, it's incomprehendable. Any ideas please?

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 11:10 AM (in response to DonMigell)

    I assume you are trying to add the attachment you have saved to a new email? What happens when you insert the attachment in the email? Please can you elaborate on what you mean by incomprehendable.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to DonMigell)

    Perfectly clear - but are you opening the attachment once you imported into Mail for sending - you don't need to?


    I don't know why you're getting all the gobbledegook but this is how it works for me. Add the attachment using the staple icon at the top of a new Mail window. The attachment should appear either as an inline graphic within the new email window or an icon (I think Mail's default is to show the attachment inline, control+click or right click and you can select 'view as an icon'). Send - and that's it - does yours work following the same path?


    Note: in Mail>Edit Menu>Attachments I have the default set to 'Always send Windows-friendly attachments'.

  • Eustace Mendis Level 7 Level 7 (24,565 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 12:01 PM (in response to DonMigell)

    The easy way around this is to compress the file (in your Dcouments folder) and attached the compressed file. It will be called •••••••.zip. Then attach the zip file to your outgoing email. "zipping" does not destroy the original, it will still be there in the documents folder.


    The receipient will be able to open the compressed file by double clicking it. To compress (zip) just select the file and go to the File menu. The Compress.... command is there

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,165 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 12:14 PM (in response to DonMigell)

    Good suggestion from Eustace (didn't think of that). To compress the file right click or control click on it and select 'Compress...' from the menu that appears.


    I'm wondering if what you're experiencing is with just the one file you are trying to send or all attachments. Have you experimented with others. It'll be a pain if you always had to compress attachments.


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