Manage multiple Mail attachments

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Here’s a timesaver for the Mail users out there—other e-mail programs may have similar functionality, but I’m only aware of how it works in Mail. If your household is like ours, you receive a number of e-mail messages with attachments. In our case, we get quite a few pictures—vacations, kids, pets, cars, whatever—from the various family members. Unfortunately, the whole family has not yet been converted to the way of the Mac, so I can’t just tell them to photocast their images.

For ease of processing, I like to move the attached images from Mail into a Pending folder, from where we then decide which images we’d like to keep for good. We then add those images to iPhoto for permanent storage, and delete the rest (just how many pictures of my brother’s car do I need to keep?).

One way to do this, of course, is to look at each email message and drag the attachment into the Pending folder. But if I’ve got a large number of messages to process, that could take a while. So here’s a timesaver for those situations. Select all the messages with attachments, then select File: Save Attachments from Mail’s menus. Mail will extract the attachments from all selected messages, and save them to a spot of your choice, via the standard OS X save dialog.

Not a huge hint, but it can save some time when you’re processing a large number of messages with attachments.

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