I discovered how to get all attachments from a MS Windows e-mailer:
Pulldown Menu: Show: Message: Source code
Pulldown Menu: Archive: Save attachments
Also the invisible attachments are now saved.
It is not uuencode but mime base64.
Can this fatal bug in Mail be solved soon ?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2012 9:02 AM (in response to HubertA)
I am having the same kind of random attachment missing problems I've seen reported here and elsewhere in the Apple support forms. I can see the attachment code in the 'View > Message > Raw Source' menu. Below is the code leading up to the attachment code...
Content-Type: application/vnd.ms-excel; name="soup schedule.xls"
Content-Description: soup schedule.xls
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="soup schedule.xls"; size=16448;
creation-date="Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:18:33 GMT";
modification-date="Fri, 20 Jan 2012 16:18:33 GMT"
@Hubert: I could not find an 'Archive > Save Attachments' menu anywhere - where is that option/menu?
It would really be nice if this problem would have a better fix. I have noticed that if I quit Mail and launch it again that the attachment shows up in the email but still does not show up in the attachment column in the message list view.
Any help or further insight into what's going on would be apprecaited.
Apple Mail 4.5 (1084), OSX 10.6.8 connecting to web hosted MS Exchange 2007
Yesterday I discovered the source of the problem: a bug in Microsoft's Hotmail: ContentType is wrong when having an inline image in the mail and an attachment.
When you receive this type of mail from a hotmail account, you do not see the attachments.
Solution: double click on the message: pulldown menu: View: Message: Raw Source. Then Pull down menu: File: Save Attachments.
Sorry. In Dutch it is Archive i.s.o. File or in dutch Bestand.
It helped me.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2012 11:43 AM (in response to HubertA)
I tried the same on a number of emails I received from the same Hotmail account.
And nope it does not work. Yes I can see the Raw Source code that means little to me. But the File: Save Attachments is greyed out.
And I know there are attachments - I communicated with the sender and with other recipients - using Windows and they can see and read the attachments.
Just for info - This sender uses Hotmail and include very irritating moving pictures in his mails. I asked him not to but he insists as its makes in beautiful in his words.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 26, 2013 8:06 AM (in response to HubertA)
I get this problem repeatedly - the mail appears in Mail but without the attachment. Bizarely the attachments are there when I check in Mail on my phone. So, my workround is to forward the emails to myself from my iPhone (which usually works) or to save them to dropbox from the phone then pick them up on the computer (which always works).
Wow, so this is still happening even with a non Apple email service provider and the new Hotmail called "Outlook" or whatever. I guess Miscrosoft isn't concerned with their "bug" because they hope it just makes Macs look bad or something. Only makes MS look bad to me by being non-standard. No other email service has ever caused this issue, only when I get email from Microsoft Hotmail/Outlook. I hate you, Microsoft.
Your advice worked perfectly.
1) Open email message
2) From menu bar choose - View: Message: Raw Source.
3) From menu bar choose - File: Save Attachments.
All the attachments are saved onto the Desktop (despite Microsoft).
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The alternative was to use the webmail version of my email service and the attachments were there.
BTW: This was with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and latest Apple Mail for 10.6.8 as of 09-06-2013