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How can I convince Mail.app to NOT use AppleDouble when attaching files? When I attach a MS-Word doent, I often have people (presumably using Windows) tell me that they are unable to read the attachment. I'm sure it's just that their machine is not handling AppleDouble format correctly. They generally tell me that they see two doents. Somebody just forwarded back to me what I sent them, and it shows up as two attachments, one a very small one with the name of my file and a ..doc extension, the other a much larger one (about the right size to ...

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    Default Problems attaching MS-Word docs to in Mail.app

    How can I convince Mail.app to NOT use AppleDouble when attaching files?
    When I attach a MS-Word doent, I often have people (presumably using
    Windows) tell me that they are unable to read the attachment.

    I'm sure it's just that their machine is not handling AppleDouble format
    correctly. They generally tell me that they see two doents.
    Somebody just forwarded back to me what I sent them, and it shows up as
    two attachments, one a very small one with the name of my file and a
    ..doc extension, the other a much larger one (about the right size to be
    my original Word file) called "mime001.txt". If I force Word to open
    the mime001.txt file, it opens just fine.

    So, how can I force Mail.app to do Word attachments in a way which
    Windows mail clients can read?
    Roy Guest

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    Default Re: Problems attaching MS-Word docs to in Mail.app

    In article <panix.com>,
    Roy Smith <com> wrote:
     

    I always zip any attachments I send to pcs via email. That seems to
    work fine. Stuffit Standard comes with Dropzip.

    eg
    EG Guest

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    Default Re: Problems attaching MS-Word docs to in Mail.app

     

    Remove the resource fork of the doent before attaching it. There is
    no data belonging to the doent which is stored in the resource fork
    (at least I never missed anything after removing the resource fork and
    Word re-creates it when opening a doent without resource fork).

    There are several ways to remove the resource fork. I usually just use
    Terminal to copy the doent to the Desktop and then drag the copy of
    the doent to my Mail.app icon.

    (The UNiX-command "cp" doesn't care about the resource fork and just
    copies the data fork, so that's why this works)

    Jaco Guest

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