How to Make OS X and MacOS Mail Send Conventional Attachments

Make Attachments Appear at the End of an Email

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The Mac OS X Mail application has a setting you can use to add attached files at the end of messages instead of where you insert them. The Mail app in macOS doesn't offer this option; instead, it offers an even easier fix.

By default, OS X and macOS Mail apps both place attachments just where you insert them into your email. Often, especially with images, this is visually pleasing and useful. However, when you prefer all the attachments be positioned at the end of the email, OS X Mail can send attachments at the message's end as well.

Make OS X Mail Send Conventional Attachments

To set Mac OS X Mail to attach all files for a message at the end instead of inline with the message's body content:

  1. Open a new email screen in OS X Mail.
  2. Click Edit on the menu bar and select Attachments.
  3. Make sure Insert Attachments at End is checked in the menu before you add any attachments. If it isn't checked, select it.
  4. Select Format > Make Plain Text.
  5. Write the email with attachments.

Unfortunately, this doesn't always work, and it requires extra effort. If it doesn't work for you, or you don't want to sent email in plain text, try to click and drag the attachments to the bottom of the email, or manually place all the attachments at the bottom of Mail in OS X after the text is written.

MacOS Mail Attachments

The Mail application in macOS always places images inline where they are inserted. However, you can click on each insert and drag it to the bottom of the message. You can also rearrange the order of the attachments by clicking and dragging. This solution takes just seconds.