Apple email will Save Attachments to a folder of my choice, when I use File / Save Attachments from the menu at the top of its window. However, if I use the context menu for the attachment icon (i.e. two fingered tap on the touchpad), and choose Save Attachment, the attachment will not be saved to a folder of my choice. It is saved to some sort of temporary folder.

What's going wrong here?

For example, with a PDF file attachment I can use the context menu and do Save Attachment and try to save to e.g. ~/Documents/email attachments. I will not be able to find it there with Finder. But with Spotlight I can find the file and open it in Preview. Then, in Preview, I can move the file to ~/Documents/email attachments (with File, Move To).

I'm using Mail.app Version 7.3 (1878.2) under OS X 10.9.3 (13D65) on a MacBook Air 13 (Mid 2013).

  • Firstly. I am not having this problem. Mine works fine. I am on the latest versions of Mail and OS X. Secondly Where are the files actually being saved??
    – markhunte
    May 24, 2014 at 17:01
  • I just did a test. The attachment went to "/Users/alanwehmann/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads/AFFC296B-F7FC-4A80-A566-73E40DE48FAF". I could view it there with the terminal application. May 26, 2014 at 4:01
  • Your experience led me to try a few more tests. From these, I conclude that the problem is the presence of a space character in the folder name. Unix shells have problems with such folder names--if they are not "escaped". Something similar is occurring here. May 26, 2014 at 4:08
  • While true for unix systems. This should not be the case when using this menu in Mail.app.
    – markhunte
    May 26, 2014 at 9:55
  • Please do a test of trying to save an attachment to a folder with a space in its name, using a secondary click on the attachment and choosing Save Attachment from the context menu that pops up--as I've described. May 27, 2014 at 13:20

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OS X 10.10.3, email 8.2 seem to have fixed the problem. If I go to the header of an email having attachments, I'm offered an iconized menu that allows me to save attachments to the folder of my choice. That seems to work.

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