Exporting Outlook Express Mail to folder

tommerchant used Ask the Experts™
Hello there,

My outlook express folders are getting rather full, and outlook is starting to get a bit slow, so i want to empty them and start afresh, but i want to be able to access my e-mail

Is there a program out there that will extract the mail from the *.dbx files and put them in a folder i can burn to CD?, i know you can just drag the mail out, but if it's a long e-mail conversation they all have the same name, so overwrite each other.

any ideas?

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Top Expert 2006
think you mean archiving then you could look at this

title : Archive a folder
source : http://insideoe.tomsterdam.com/tips/archiving.htm

This simple method works in all versions of Outlook Express. The archive consists of an OE message serving as an "envelope".

Create a New Mail Message. Enter the name you want for the archive in the Subject line.

Drag the messages you wish to archive from the OE message list and drop them into the New Mail Message. They will be added as attachments.

Click File| Save as... and save the message to any Windows folder as type *.eml, and close the New Mail Message window. (The resulting file can then be compressed in a zip file to greatly reduce its size.)

To restore the archived messages to an OE mail folder, double-click the saved *.eml file. Select all the attachments and drag them into an OE mail folder. You can also of course simply double-click on a single attachment to read it.

You can also drag messages from a newsgroup and drop them into the "envelope". To restore them, you must drag them into a mail folder, not a newsgroup folder. After restoring, you can turn on thread view in mail by clicking View| Current View| Groups messages by conversation. This setting is independent from the similar setting in newsgroup folders

hope this helps a bit

not to hijack, but can you then open that .eml file w/ another email client? (netscape? thunderbird? eudora?)
Top Expert 2006

depends some you can open and some not it's RFC 822 format but you must depend on the implementation of the vendor
Thank you bruintje, your answer helped me too.

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