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I have a load of messages with attachments. I want to keep the email but get rid of the attachments. This will free-up a load of space.

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marked as duplicate by Al E., Alex, jonsca Oct 14 '14 at 1:27

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Are you really running out of space on Gmail? I've used it for everything for years now and I'm still only at 20% usage... – x3ja Jul 16 '11 at 2:49

I think what you'll need to do is forward the message to yourself without the attachment, and then delete the original message. Just the message, mind you, not the entire thread. You do that by clicking the down arrow on the message and selecting "Delete this message".

Gmail screenshot

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one at a time == slow. – Paul McKenzie Jul 16 '11 at 7:45
I agree, but that's the only way to do it without using a third-party tool. Even then I'm not so sure you can batch it. – Al E. Jul 16 '11 at 15:40

You can do this using a desktop client such as Thunderbird with an IMAP connection to your Gmail account. Step by step guide here.

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Try this Google Docs script, it worked for me. It does not require installing anything.

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