5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 9:17 AM by jonathanjt
jonathanjt Level 1 (0 points)

I have an email with an attachment - GIF file. My Mac thinks it is a movie and I cannot open it. What next do i do?


MacBook Pro
  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,870 points)

    Save the attachment to the desktop, right click on it and select Open With .. Preview.

  • jonathanjt Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help

     

    I saved the file to the desktop. Preview did not open it but Microsoft Word did. Turns out it was a .docx file. Do you know if there is anything I can do to enable my Mac to open .docx files as a matter of course?

     

    Many thanks

    jonathanjt

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,870 points)

    Microsoft Word, Open Office, Libre Office.

     

    All of the above will open the docx file, the last 2 are free.

  • FatMac>MacPro Level 5 (4,420 points)

    jonathanjt wrote:

     

    ...I saved the file to the desktop. Preview did not open it but Microsoft Word did. Turns out it was a .docx file. Do you know if there is anything I can do to enable my Mac to open .docx files as a matter of course?...

    TextEdit will open .docx files too. If you want that to be the default application, find the .docx file, Get Info for the file and part way down the resulting window you'll see Open with: and a pull-down list showing the current default program and a list of other possibles. If the default isn't what you want, select the one you want and click the "Change All..." button. Of course, this only applies to the file once it's saved to your Mac. However, if by "Mac," you mean the email client the file arrived in, that's a separate issue.

     

    And be wary of attachments to emails you weren't expecting; they could contain all kinds of nasties.

  • jonathanjt Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for this.  Problem sorted.

  • jonathanjt Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. Plenty of nasties around in some attachments, as you say, good to be wary.