Emailing Photos in Mail for Mac

Using the Photo Browser in Mail to Select and Send Photos on Mac

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One of the least-known features of the Mail app on the Mac is the Photo Browser. If you want to find and email photos quickly, it’s a great tool.

Where Is the Photo Browser?

Open Mail and then click on the Window menu and Choose Photo Browser—a smallish window will appear and you will see some of your photos. Don’t maximize the box, but you can drag any edge to make it larger and easier to see.

And What You See Is…

…all your main categories just like in the Photos app. In fact, that’s what the Photo Browser is—a connection to Photos.

So you should see:

  • Photos
    • Moments
    • Collections
    • Years
    • Places
    • Shared
    • Albums

You can browse by any of these or just go to the bottom and search (especially useful if you’ve used Faces).

Selecting and Adding Photos to an Email

First, start a new message or reply to one. Then, to select and add a single photo, click and drag it over the email window (this is why I mentioned keeping the Photo Browser smallish and not maximized).

To select more than one photo do one of the following:

  • Click the first photo, hold down the Command key, and click on each photo you want. Then release the Command key. Each of the photos you select will be outlined in blue. Click and hold any one of them and then drag them to the email window.
  • To select several in sequence, click the first one, then hold down the Shift key and select the last one. They will all be selected. Then you can drag them.
  • You can also use the “marquee” feature: click and hold outside the upper left corner of a photo then drag the mouse over a selection of photos. Everything inside the blue marquee “box” will be selected when you release the hold. Then drag your selection into the email.

Note, when you’re dragging the photo(s), a red badge will show you the photo count.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you how to do the same thing from within the Photos app.


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