How can I add E-Mail-Attachments automatically to an E-Mail, without integrating them? Especially photos!

Menu -> Edit -> Attachments... doesn't work!

I use OS X Lion (10.7.2) and Mail (5.1).

Anyone have any ideas?

  • What exactly do you mean by not integrating them? Do you mean not have them shown in line with the rest of text?
    – Matt Love
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 15:16
  • Yes! I want to Drag&Drop Files in the E-Mail body, and want a little icon on the end of the email!
    – ohboy21
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 15:21

2 Answers 2


You can do this individually by dragging the image(s) in, right clicking on them and clicking "View as Icon". You can select multiple images at once to do this as well.

If you would like Mail to do this automatically with all attachments, try the following Terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes

Relaunch Mail for this to take effect.

Hope this helps!

  • I know this, but i want mail to automatically to this!
    – ohboy21
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 15:40
  • I've updated my answer with the correct information.
    – Matt Love
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 15:59
  • Mhh...i think this is just the view! On the other Mac, the picture is showing as a picture in the e-mail, not as an attachment!
    – ohboy21
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 16:22
  • Oh my end, it shows the attachment but uses a preview of the attachment as the icon. This is probably a Lion UI thing.
    – Matt Love
    Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 16:27
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    You don't really have that much control over how the receiver displays the email, but if you zipped the file before sending it then if there is any preview it should just be whatever icon the mail client uses for a zipped file. Commented Jan 13, 2012 at 18:38

Mail offers you no way to change the attachment to not be inline. There are ways to change the appearance of it, using 'View as icon', and there is a command line instruction that will set that as the default. But this only applies to you, not the recipient of any messages that you send.

However, it doesn't have to be this way. The MIME protocol does allow for non-inline attachments. But the only way I've found that allows you to utilise this is to use Lokiware's Attachment Tamer, currently $14.99.

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