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Remove inline pictures from multiple emails

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In order to diminish the space used by Thunderbird, I'd like to delete the inline pictures, without deleting the email, as some are rather large. How to do this for several hundred of emails all together? I only found a way to do it one by one, email after email, which takes much time… Thank you!

In order to diminish the space used by Thunderbird, I'd like to delete the inline pictures, without deleting the email, as some are rather large. How to do this for several hundred of emails all together? I only found a way to do it one by one, email after email, which takes much time… Thank you!
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Toad-Hall
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Thunderbird provides three different 'views' when reading emails. 'View' > 'Message Body as'

  1. Original HTML
  2. Simple HTML
  3. Plain Text

It is likely you are using 'Orginal HTML', so try the other options first to see if this improves the situation as it will save a lot of time and effort and does not actually remove any image from email allowing you change the view on occasion should you require it.

Thunderbird provides three different 'views' when reading emails. 'View' > 'Message Body as' # Original HTML # Simple HTML # Plain Text It is likely you are using 'Orginal HTML', so try the other options first to see if this improves the situation as it will save a lot of time and effort and does not actually remove any image from email allowing you change the view on occasion should you require it.
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Fragesteller

Hello, thanks for your response!

I actually don't mind viewing the pictures, my problem is that people send large images that use up mailbox space - I'm limited to 1GB and I've got a few emails with inline pictures that's between 500KB - 2MB in size which fills up my mailbox pretty quick. I need to actually delete them without having to go through individual emails, but don't want to delete the emails themselves.

Hopefully there's a solution to this!

Many thanks for your time!

Hello, thanks for your response! I actually don't mind viewing the pictures, my problem is that people send large images that use up mailbox space - I'm limited to 1GB and I've got a few emails with inline pictures that's between 500KB - 2MB in size which fills up my mailbox pretty quick. I need to actually delete them without having to go through individual emails, but don't want to delete the emails themselves. Hopefully there's a solution to this! Many thanks for your time!

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Toad-Hall
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re :I'm limited to 1GB Is that the allowed space on computer or server? Are you using a POP or an Imap account?

If you have a limit on the server, but storing on computer is not a problem, then you can download the email and Copy it into a folder under 'Local Folders' mail account. Check email is copied ok and is readible and then delete the copy in the imap account folder to remove off server.

re :''I'm limited to 1GB'' Is that the allowed space on computer or server? Are you using a POP or an Imap account? If you have a limit on the server, but storing on computer is not a problem, then you can download the email and Copy it into a folder under 'Local Folders' mail account. Check email is copied ok and is readible and then delete the copy in the imap account folder to remove off server.

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sfhowes
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If these inline images are attachments, not embedded images, you could use the AttachmentExtractor Continued add-on to scan a folder and detach the pictures (delete from the message). See the attached picture.

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird

If these inline images are attachments, not embedded images, you could use the [https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/attachmentextractor-continued/ AttachmentExtractor Continued] add-on to scan a folder and detach the pictures (delete from the message). See the attached picture. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/installing-addon-thunderbird
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Toad-Hall said

Are you using a POP or an Imap account? If you have a limit on the server, but storing on computer is not a problem, then you can download the email and Copy it into a folder under 'Local Folders' mail account. Check email is copied ok and is readible and then delete the copy in the imap account folder to remove off server.

I'm using IMAP and as I use multiple computers, I do not wish to keep email offline, but thanks for this suggestion.

sfhowes said

If these inline images are attachments, not embedded images, you could use the AttachmentExtractor Continued add-on to scan a folder and detach the pictures (delete from the message). See the attached picture.

I already use this excellent extension to remove all my attachments which helped, but unfortunately the pictures are embedded images so I need to be able to delete the embedded images themselves.

Many thanks for your suggestion!

''Toad-Hall [[#answer-1280593|said]]'' <blockquote> Are you using a POP or an Imap account? If you have a limit on the server, but storing on computer is not a problem, then you can download the email and Copy it into a folder under 'Local Folders' mail account. Check email is copied ok and is readible and then delete the copy in the imap account folder to remove off server. </blockquote> I'm using IMAP and as I use multiple computers, I do not wish to keep email offline, but thanks for this suggestion. ''sfhowes [[#answer-1280717|said]]'' <blockquote> If these inline images are attachments, not embedded images, you could use the [https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/attachmentextractor-continued/ AttachmentExtractor Continued] add-on to scan a folder and detach the pictures (delete from the message). See the attached picture. </blockquote> I already use this excellent extension to remove all my attachments which helped, but unfortunately the pictures are embedded images so I need to be able to delete the embedded images themselves. Many thanks for your suggestion!
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Removing embedded images has been requested by other users:

https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/attachmentextractor-continued/reviews/1160509/

It usually isn't a problem, as most embedded images are much smaller than the kind sent as attachments, e.g. photos. Except for some people (iPad users?) who like to insert undercompressed photos in the message body, instead of attaching them.

Removing embedded images has been requested by other users: https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/thunderbird/addon/attachmentextractor-continued/reviews/1160509/ It usually isn't a problem, as most embedded images are much smaller than the kind sent as attachments, e.g. photos. Except for some people (iPad users?) who like to insert undercompressed photos in the message body, instead of attaching them.
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