How to Make Attachments Appear at the End of Messages in Mail for macOS

Make attachments appear at the end of a message rather than inline

By default, Mail for Mac OS X and macOS places attachments where you insert them in your email message (that is, inline). Often, especially with images, this behavior is visually pleasing and useful, but what if you want to insert the attachment at the end of the message? In Mail for macOS, it's easy. We show you how to insert an attachment at the end of a single email message or make this the default behavior for all messages in Mail.

Instructions in this article apply to macOS Catalina (10.15). They will work on all versions of macOS or OS X that include the Mail app, although dialog box, menu, and command names may differ.

How to Insert an Attachment at the Bottom of an Email

To attach a file or image at the bottom of an email rather than inline, complete the following steps:

  1. In Mail, on the Mail toolbar, select New Message.

    The New Message button on the Mail toolbar
  2. Select Edit > Attachments > Insert Attachments at End.

    Insert attachments at the end of email messages in Mail for macOS
  3. In the email body, select Attach.

    Add an attachment to an email in Mail for macOS
  4. Browse to the file you want to attach, select it, and then select Choose File.

    Browse for a file to attach in Mail on macOS

    Your attachment will appear at the end of your email message.

How to Change the Default Position of Attachments in Mail

To make attaching files or images at the bottom of an email rather than inline the default behavior (that is, the behavior that applies to all email messages) in Mail, complete the following step:

  • In Mail, select Edit > Attachments > Always Insert Attachments at End of Message.
Always Insert Attachments at End of Message in Mail on macOS

A checkmark appears beside the command to show that it's enabled.