14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2013 4:31 PM by TonyInSF
TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I can't believe that Apple hasn't fixed this yet, or that someone out there hasn't written a script or app to remove attachments from sent mail. It's apparently not a high priority for Apple. I have found a workaround, however, that works really well for me.

 

Whenever I send mail with large attachments, I leave them in my sent folder. When I receive emails with attachments, I always remove the attachment before deleting the message. I like to keep my Trash folders handy because I occasionally need to search through my trash for information, but I don't want my Trash folder (or Sent folder) filled with large attachments that I already have somewhere else on my computer. For me, I just need a record that <filename> was sent to <so-and-so> on <date>. I don't want copies of the actual attachments in my Mail folders.

 

Once a month or so, when I receive a message with an attachment, I'll move it to my Sent folder. Then, I can select it and all of the other sent mail with attachments and remove all of the attachments before moving all of those messages to the Trash. It's not elegant, but it works.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5), iPad, iPhone 4, BlackBook, iPod
  • 1. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    I can't believe that Apple hasn't fixed this yet, or that someone out there hasn't written a script or app to remove attachments from sent mail.

    I can believe it. Your process is not only, "not elegant," I can't imagine why anbody would want to use it. IMHO

  • 2. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't understand. If you have a better idea for removing attachments from sent mail I'm all ears.

  • 3. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    You're the only one I've ever of heard of who wants to do this. So to me, it's understandable why Apple, or anyone else for that matter, doesn't provide a method for doing it.

  • 4. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There's numerous threads where users are frustrated with not being able to remove attachments from sent mail.

     

    If I have to send a client a 10 MB contract which I already have on my hard drive, for example, I want to keep a record of the date and time that I sent it, without having to keep a copy of the attachment in my Sent folder, too.

     

    I was only trying to help the other uses having this problem.

  • 5. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    May I ask, what value is it as a record if doesn't include the attachment? Why wouldn't it just be considered as an email from someone who forgot to attach the attachment?

     

    At best, it only shows that an email was sent with an attachment bearing the same file name. It is no verification of the files actual contents.

  • 6. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Because if the attachment is large, and I already have a copy on my hard drive, I don't need another copy in my Sent folder. Also, my Sent folder would grow to multiple gigabytes.

     

    "[The attachment <filename> has been manually removed]" is preferable to keeping large files as attachments in my Sent folder. At least I have a record of who, what, and when I sent it; and I have the original file on my hard drive already.

  • 7. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    My point is then that your Sent folder is a collection of valueless records, indicating that you may have sent someone the correct attachment, but it would offer no proof.

     

    I'm done.

  • 8. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're also rude. My documents are well organized in folders by client and by project, etc. I do not want a multi-gigabybe Sent Mail folder with duplicates of these same documents. That's not an unreasonable thing to want.

  • 9. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    este.el.paz Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    TonyinSF:

     

    I'm with you on this one . . . doesn't seem like the other fellow actually tried to offer help, just disabuse you of any need for an answer--which isn't the same thing at all.  I'm a late adaptor of ML, and perhaps in SL it was possible to do what you are talking about . . . select a number of emails and click "remove attachments" so that there aren't multile copies of files that are already taking up space on the HD . . . and, just having the email is the sign that something was sent . . . no need for having the attachment . . . again.

     

    But, it now appears that in ML 10.8.5 the "remove attachments" command is greyed out, so it doesn't seem like it's possible to do this, as it once was . . . .  I'll keep looking for other answers, but, using your description is what I used to be able to do in Mail . . . seems like there has to be some other "work around"???  Is it fixed in Mavericks?

     

    e.e.p.

  • 10. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    meganano Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Yep. It's perfectly legit to not want to save copies of photos, audio files or contracts that I have on my computer when only a record is needed.

     

    So far, this is the most elegant solution I've found. http://www.betalogue.com/2012/11/13/lionmail-removeattachmentsfix/

     

    Fie on you, Apple!

  • 11. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    este.el.paz Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    meganano wrote:

     

    Yep. It's perfectly legit to not want to save copies of photos, audio files or contracts that I have on my computer when only a record is needed.

     

    So far, this is the most elegant solution I've found. http://www.betalogue.com/2012/11/13/lionmail-removeattachmentsfix/

     

    Fie on you, Apple!

    @meganano:

     

    Fie?  They probably won't understand . . . but, thanks for posting that link, seems easy enough to do . . . .  I'll check it out in a few days . . . working on getting another usually buggy linux system running on my MBPro . . . it's a better approach than saying "Fie" . . . .  : - )

     

    e.e.p.

  • 12. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you maganano and este. Lanny's reply really upset me and I was only trying to help with an issue that I know is a big problem for many users.

     

    I just created the rule that you recommended and we'll see how it goes.

     

    Thanks, again!!

  • 13. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    este.el.paz Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)

    TonyInSF wrote:

     

    Thank you maganano and este. Lanny's reply really upset me and I was only trying to help with an issue that I know is a big problem for many users.

     

    I just created the rule that you recommended and we'll see how it goes.

     

    Thanks, again!!

    @TonyinSF:

     

    You are welcome, a forum should be a place where a conversation takes place . . . and, as the OP you can mark replies as providing the answer, "this solved my question" . . . and two of them can be marked "helpful" . . . it's Christmas . . . .

     

    e.e.p. in LA

  • 14. Re: Removing mail attachments - workaround
    TonyInSF Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The "rule" worked!! What an amazingly easy workaround. Thanks maganano and este. We need to get the word out. This is great!