Mac Tip: Forward Only The Attachment In Mail For Mac OS

Posted in How To on 06/01/2012 by Mark Greentree


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How To: Forward Only The Attachment In Mail For Mac OS

When working on collaboration documents you may find a need to forward the attachment to someone else for consideration.

You may not wish this additional party to be privy to text contained within the email. Whilst you can delete the quoted text there is a quicker way to just forward the attachment.

When you receive an email with an attachment you will be presented with the attachment icon in the main body of the email as highlighted below:

When ready to forward the attached file minus the additional text, simply highlight the file so it appears like this:

Then press Command + Shift + F on your keyboard or or press the Forward email button in Mail. You can also navigate to Message > Forward from the Menu Bar.

Doing so will give you the following result:

As you can see the attachment received in the original email is included in the forwarded message, but the text from the original message has been omitted.

Simply address the email and send it to the new recipient.

  • Very handy tip! I will try this out the next time I need to forward an attachment for review by someone not privy to the current email!

  • Alex

    Nothing new. Actually that works with any content. Just select the paragraph you want to quote and click on reply, forward, whatever and only the selected paragraph (content). By the way, you can find this behaviour in Outlook for Mac too.

  • InternetJunk

    Mark do you happen to know how to get this done by a Email Rule?
    (on Mac Sierra)


Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of Everyday Mac Support. His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is the lead host of Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.