How to stop Mail.app (version 7.0) on my Mac OSX 10.9 from downloading attachments automatically.

I have setup my Gmail account, and I want to be given an option to download attachments instead of having them downloading automatically.

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Go to system preferences, select accounts. In accounts select Advanced and uncheck the option: "Automatically download all attachments"

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In the latest version of Apple Mail version 10 (as of March 2017) the setting can be found in Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Account Information, as seen below:



You should actually go to "Mail" app, then "Preferences", then "Accounts", then "Advanced". Not "System Preferences"

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