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?

  • 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. Jul 25, 2012 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, 2012 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 ;) Jul 25, 2012 at 19:19

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

  • Great, would've never occured to me to look for what are essentially preferences in the Edit menu :o Jul 25, 2012 at 19:43
  • Me either. Not very intuitive. I always expect to find it in Preferences > Composing and end up back here every time :) Aug 9, 2013 at 18:48
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    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, 2014 at 12:16

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