5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2005 6:03 AM by Morten Kaada
Morten Kaada Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Does anyone know if there's a way to force Apple Mail to show attachments as icons instead of embedded graphics? I know that you can ctrl-click and choose "show as icons", but I want that to be the default for every attachment...
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,365 points)
    Hello Morten.

    I'm not aware of a way to force Apple Mail to do so but an image/photo or smaller PDF attachment (1-2 pages) that appears inline or viewed in place is not or should not be an embedded graphic.

    Depending on the recipient's email client and available preference settings, such attachments (regardless if you select View as Icon) may appear inline or viewed in place within the body of the message when the message is opened or as attached files which must be opened separately for which we have no control over.
  • Morten Kaada Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I am aware that PDF documents larger than one page show as icons in place, but almost all images show as embedded graphic... I guess all images that can be read by QuickTime will show as pictures.

    There really should be a button called "show all attachments as icons" somewhere in preferences... I really hope Apple will implement this feature in near future.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,365 points)
    but almost all images show as embedded graphic...


    Such attachments are not embedded graphics with the Mail.app. The term is an inline or viewed in place attachment which is different.

    I prefer this feature since it ensures I've selected the correct image or smaller PDF file as an attachment before the message is sent.

    And as previously provided, either way makes no difference at the recipient's end. For example, if someone sends you an image attachment and the attachment is shown as an icon by the sender's email client, the Mail.app will automatically show the image attachment inline or viewed in place when you open the message and it may be the same in reverse depending on the recipient's email client and available preference settings.
  • Jim Mock Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)
    Mail Attachments Iconizer (http://lokisw.com/index.php?item=MailAttachmentsIconizer) should do what you want.
  • Morten Kaada Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks for the tip!

    I think this statement covers what I consider the biggest problem regarding Mail and attachments...

    "Apple Mail displays most of the attached images directly in the messages. This feature may be useful, but when dealing with a complicated PDF or PostScript (PS, EPS) file, it turns viewing a message into a nightmare. Viewing a message with an attachment can take up to several minutes."