MacOS – How to create a ‘New Email with Attachment’ option in Finder


With OS X Lion, the 'New Email with Attachment' option is missing from Finder. It is supposed to be replaced with the new "Share Button". Unfortunately, the only two ways I can share a file are Airdrop and iMessage. I use Mac Mail and this isn't present.

I checked 'Services' under 'System Preferences' and didn't see any option to add email to the share menu.

How do I customize the share to items?

Best Answer

Is the service present and enabled in the Services section of Keyboard Preferences?

You should see this: Services preferences

If it's not there for some reason, you can recreate it easily in Automator.

Create a new Service in Automator, add the "New Mail Message" action to the workflow, and change the first drop down at the top so it reads "Service receives selected files and folders in any application". It should look like this:

automator workflow

Then save it, and you should have it available in your services menu.