Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

In Mail (connected to my work Exchange server, if that matters), when I forward an email which contains inline images they are preserved. However, if I reply to the email then they are not preserved. They are instead replaced with something like this:


Is there a way to preserve the images in a reply?

share|improve this question
I suppose that is because it usually makes no sense to include attachments again in a reply. I have no solution to your question, though. – leberwurstsaft Jul 25 '12 at 19:09
@leberwurstsaft: In the simplest cases, I would agree. In longer email chains where people get added to the conversation late in the game it's very handy. – David Jul 25 '12 at 19:10
If someone comes in late you can always forward them the original mail for reference. Otherwise you'd have to send the images back and forth all the time. Not exactly space-saving ;) – leberwurstsaft Jul 25 '12 at 19:19
up vote 17 down vote accepted

In go to the Edit menu, go down to Attachments, then select Include Original Attachments with Reply.

share|improve this answer
Great, would've never occured to me to look for what are essentially preferences in the Edit menu :o – leberwurstsaft Jul 25 '12 at 19:43
Me either. Not very intuitive. I always expect to find it in Preferences > Composing and end up back here every time :) – harperville Aug 9 '13 at 18:48
That is a good solution. But a more decent solution would be: "don't include attachments when reply unless it is an inline image". But I don't think it would be possible. – Wayne Liu Jan 18 '14 at 12:16

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.