Apple Mail and Outlook: Attachments

Every file that is sent to you by e-mail is then stored in a specific folder.

Why Would I Need To Know Where Attachments Are Stored?

If you have ever opened an attachment from an e-mail, worked on it and pressed “Save” instead of “Save As” the document is saved to this specific location.

The location that Apple Mail saves attachments to is in the Users Library folder. The full file path is the following.

~/Library/Containers/com.apple.mail/Data/Library/Mail Downloads

To access the Library folder, you can use the “Go” menu from the Finder. If you hold the ‘alt’ key while in this menu, you will get the option of the ‘Library’ folder.

apple mail saves attachments

Or you can select the “Go To Folder” option from the “Go” menu.

go to folder apple mail

Once you select the “Go To Folder” option you will get a pop-up with a box to enter the folder locations.

go to folder apple mail

Once entered click the “Go” button, and the finder window will open the folder location. You can then move the file to a location that is easier for you to access e.g., your Desktop or Documents folder.

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Apple Mail creates a new folder for each e-mail and names it with the unique message ID. So you will have to navigate through the folders within this location to find the correct message that the attachment came in on.

Outlook Mail Attachments

The location that Outlooks saves attachments to is in the Users Library folder. The full file path is the following.

~/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/Outlook Temp

How Do I Access This Folder?

To access the Library folder, you can use the “Go” menu from the Finder. If you hold the ‘alt’ key while in this menu, you will get the option of the ‘Library’ folder.

outlook saves attachments

Or you can select the “Go To Folder” option from the “Go” menu.

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Once you select the “Go To Folder” option you will get a pop up with a box to enter the folder locations.

go to folder outlook

Once entered, click the “Go” button, and the finder window will open the folder location. You can then move the file to a location that is easier for you to access e.g., your Desktop or Documents folder.

1 Reply to "Apple Mail and Outlook: Attachments"

  • Zoe Short

    Hi Rick

    Outlook in 10.11 stores mail attachments in

    Users > Users Home Folder > Library > Caches > TemporaryItems > Outlook Temp

    Mail in 10.11 stores mail attachments in

    Users > Users Home Folder > Library > Containers > com.apple.mail > Data > Library > Mail Downloads > Folder with a UUID for each attachment

    Hope that helps!

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