On the mac mail I used to be able to select a mail, then press “Command” button and “M” to delete an attachment (without deleting the whole e-mail, just delete the attachment). But right now, when I try to delete attachments in some e-mails by pressing those two buttons, it just make a “ding” sound and wouldn’t delete anything. Can you please tell me how to solve this problem?

Since this problem only happening with certain e-mails with attachments, I thought it’s probably something wrong with the attachment. So, I forward that same e-mail back to me (including the attachment and everything), I can delete that attachment by pressing those two buttons. So, I am guessing there is nothing wrong with the files that has been attached.

Macbook Pro OS X 10.6.8 Mail Version 4.5 (1084)

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I do not know for the OS X 10.6.8 but on 10.9.5 it works like this

Create new Smart Mailbox

smart mailbox

Once it is done finding all emails with attachments

Select all or specific one

Under the Messages tab select "Remove Attachment".


Create a keyboard shortcut for it

System preferences Keyboard - Shortcuts tab

Select App shortcut

Click on (+) sign)

Select Mail in the Application window

Write "Remove Attachments"

Now choose your favorite keyboard combination for it.

  • Thank you for the answer and the detailed response. But this didn't resolve my problem.
    – newguy47
    Commented Oct 8, 2014 at 20:06

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