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My Apple Mail Gripe

by Juan on May 6th, 2008

I like the version of Apple Mail that ships with Leopard. Don’t get me wrong. I love that it’s faster. I love that it has ‘todo’ integrated with it. I love the small improvements in the interface and the overall polish of the application. I love all of that.

I do have one gripe though.. So far.. When you receive an email with an attachment and you want to save it, the previous Apple Mail had the option for you to select where you want to save it. On every email. Now Apple Mail either saves it to your downloads folder or you can set a folder. But it will save to that folder every time.

So now every time I save an attachment, my workflow is extended. I save it to the downloads folder and them move it to the folder i want to file it to. That’s just not right. It’s tedious.

I wish they kept it the same way as they did before. Maybe there’s a way to do it like before and I just haven’t found it.

The good think though is quicklook. You can use quicklook to preview the attachments. That’s a good thing.

Now Apple if you can just fix this gripe of mine… Please…


Thanks to Mark, David, Doug, and Anonymoose for pointing out how I can solve this problem. Turns out all I need to do is hold down the save as button until the option comes out. Why I didn’t think of that? Beats me… See even if you’re an experienced Mac user you can still learn something from people.

I’ve only installed Leopard recently on my personal computer so the computers with Leopard installed that I’ve used before, I didn’t play with Mail since I don’t download mail on other computers.

Again thanks guys.

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7 opinions for My Apple Mail Gripe

  • Mark
    May 6, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Hold down the Save button button instead of clicking it. That will allow you to chose a save location.

    Nice and intuitive. Sigh.

  • David
    May 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    While more effort it’s still possible to save attachments to other locations.
    1. Click the disclosure triangle next to attachments
    2. Right click one of the attachments
    3. Select Save Attachment…
    4. Pick a destination

    At step 2 you can highlight multiple attachments before right clicking the group and save them all to the same place.

  • Douglas Karr
    May 6, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    Hold the save button down rather than simply clicking it. You are then offered the option to save all and select the location - or you can click the specific attachment and save to the location.

  • Anonymoose
    May 6, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Click and hold on the “Save” button and choose “Save All”. You should get a sheet that comes down prompting you to pick a save location.

    Alternately use the attachment disclosure triangle, and ctrl-click the attachment choosing “Save Attachment”.

  • AdamC
    May 6, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, clicking a mouse is tedious, what is this world coming to.

  • Juan
    May 6, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Guys, thanks for the tip on how to do this.

    @AdamC - when you do it a lot it becomes tedious. Add to that when you have limited arm mobility, it becomes harder. So I hope you understand. Plus it’s also a matter of preference and opinion. Some good came out of it though, now I know the easier way.

  • thedude
    May 7, 2008 at 12:14 am

    My gripe is and has always been the lack of support for pure .pst files, I know, I know, I’ve tried emailchemy.app and o2m on windows but emailchemy didn’t work and o2m screwed up the email addresses while converting to .mbox files

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