Share option in Apple Mail on Mac is no longer available

Apple Mail no longer in the Share menu

Several times a day I use the option of right-clicking on a file, then using the "Share" option in the context menu and then selecting "Mail". As a result, a new e-mail opens in Apple Mail on the Mac and the selected file is already attached to the e-mail. Basically a very practical function, which has become so established in my workflow that I was very surprised in the last few days that it should no longer work.

The reason for this was that I suddenly couldn't find any "Mail" in the Share menu. My first idea was that Apple Mail might simply no longer be checked in the list of programs for this option, but the "More" button allows you to see this list very quickly and there was still a tick to be found.

I don't know how Google Chrome suddenly became my default program for e-mails ... at least I didn't choose it.

I don't know how Google Chrome suddenly became my default program for e-mails ... at least I didn't choose it.

Cause: Google Chrome has registered itself as the standard program

After doing some research on Google, I'm up this entry in the Apple Support area. There I became aware of the setting of the standard program for e-mail. Since I didn't change anything about it, I didn't understand why it should be that.

The way to do this is as follows:

  1. Open Apple Mail
  2. Mail menu> Preferences
  3. Look under "General" under "Standard program" for e-mails

For me, Google Chrome was actually selected there, which was totally a mystery to me. On the one hand: Why should I use a browser to write mails? On the other hand: How the hell does Google Chrome get to simply register itself as the default program?

After removing Google Chrome from the settings for the default mail program, Apple Mail reappears in the Share menu.

After removing Google Chrome from the settings for the default mail program, Apple Mail reappears in the Share menu.

I have to say that this fight for users is pretty pissed off. Some browser constantly asks you whether it might not be the standard program for surfing. I've always grudgedly accepted that. But the fact that programs now automatically save themselves as a standard program in the settings is a bit intrusive to me.

Change default program on Mac: Define program for file type

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3 comments

  1. Heinz says:

    Why do you even have a Google browser on your Mac?
    It is clear that sooner or later this will lead to such problems! And I really can't see a real advantage over Safari with Chrome, with one single exception (an additional program with which I can extract my Amazon purchases as CSV).
    And for this, Chrome runs in an extra user who is otherwise, apart from a VPN, completely "blank", has virtually no rights, and is only used once a year for tax returns.

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      Hello Heinz! If Chrome "behaved" it wouldn't have so many problems. But I think it's bold that it simply installs itself as a standard program. I need Chrome because I can quickly switch between different Google accounts in Chrome. Unfortunately, there is no such thing on Safari. And all the extensions that I like to use are just not available on Safari. There are a couple of reasons when you have personal needs. But Safari certainly eats up fewer resources.

  2. Rolf says:

    @ Heinz, I only recently had problems with an Internet site and asked why that is. The comment was "use google chrome, it works there" and that's what i did.
    In fact, Google Chrome worked and then tried again with Safari on a second Mac. And Safari didn't display the webpage correctly.

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