4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2015 5:24 AM by jfaughnan
Jeffrey Souza Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

In Snow Leopard and before I regularly dragged and dropped e-mail messages from Mail to a folder or the desktop. Now I can't.


In prior versions of Mail the dragged message was dropped into its destination as a .eml file. Perfect. I had the message and attachments where I wanted them in my file system. I could delete the message from Mail and move on.


Now the only way to do this is to select a message, go to the File menu and save it through the menu process. It's inconvenient. If I try to drag and drop the message it bounces back and is not dropped - anywhere. I haven't changed back to "classic" view, because I like the new layout.


[Aside: I don't like to keep all my e-mail only in my mail app. The content of my e-mail is what determines where in my filing system a message should be stored, not the fact that it's an e-mail message. And I don't want to duplicate my filing system inside a mail app just to store e-mail messages offline.]


I've searched Mail and OS X Preferences and found nothing on this.


How can I enable drag and drop of messages from Lion Mail in raw message source format?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Jeffe Aronson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Despite all the Windows-esque "help" on this thread suggesting sudos and wipes and all sorts of gunk, its not about that. I have the same problem... but can see that it has something to do with messages that are part of threads. If I try to drag and drop a lone message to the desktop, its fine. If I do the same with a message that's connected to other messages (even with threads not checked), it won't. Don't go to extremes. Someone somewhere has the answer, and I'll bet its simple.

  • TheDarkKn1ght Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue with Dragging & Dropping "certain" email messages and threads.


    ISX 10.8.2 build 12C60




    1. If the messages are collated in a conversation, I can NOT drag the conversation to a folder on my hard disk or desktop.


    2. If I open the conversation thread, I am able to drag and drop, "SOME" messages to folders with no issues, But there sometimes have 1 or more in the conversation thread that can NOT be drag & dropped.  I select the message and drag and the "mail" travels with mouse but no "green +"  to drop in folder.


    The #2 issue is sporadic meaning it doesn't happen with all messages in conversations.


    Any ideas?

  • gregstamps Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I've been dragging and dropping emails into other emails as attachments for quite some time but just this week that function stopped working.  I'm still trying to figure out a solution but in the meantime I've found a workaround. With the email selected that I want to attach to another email, I go to Message>Forward as Attachment.  That opens a new email with the other email attached.  Then I can drag and drop the attached message wherever I want it and delete the draft. 


    This may not cover all the problems discussed above but hopefully it helps. 

  • jfaughnan Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    Drag and drop OS X Mail.app files to desktop to create a MIME encoded .eml file works in Mavericks for me. The resulting file opens in Mail.app, Airmail.app, SeaMonkey.app and MailRaider.app.


    FWIW, this was the best discussion on this topic I found: http://www.ehow.com/info_12156886_eml-file-mac.html