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Converting .msg files to .eml files

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I transfered approx 350 OE files to a Zip file. Week later I opened the Zip to download the attachments then delete. Well about half of them went to .msg files and the rest are .eml files. How this happened is beyond me not puter smart. But I have no problems with the .eml files, but can't do nothing with the .msg files. I would like to know if it is possible to convert the .msg files to .eml so I can read and download the attachments. Thanks Bill
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I have no idea how you managed to do this - OE doesn't understand msg format at all. (Sure some didn't come from a full copy of Outlook?)
The 'right' answer is to drag them into an Outlook folder, then in OE import from Outlook and finally save out as EML.
If you need access and can't really do that, then just change the file extension to .eml - all the text etc will be right, followed by lots of encoded crap you wouldn't normally see - but at least that gives you access to the files.
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I've tried changing the the file extension, but it really takes on a wierd format something beyond my recognition. It then changes to open with to a symbol I have never seen looks like a small calculater. I don't understand the drag and drop to an Outlook folder. Do I make one one the desk top or??? Don't know don't look very promising to me.......Thanks
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WHEN YOU CHANGE THE FILE EXTENSION
The default icon look like a big letter with the top open. If you are getting some other icon, then the file associatioin has gone scewy. Open Windows Explorer, go Tools/FolderOptions/FileTypes. Go down to the Extension EML. The file type should say Internet E-Mail Message, and Opens With should be set to Outlook Express. (If something else, this might tell you which app you were using which screwed things up.) To fix, click Advanced and Edit.  
      Action should be open
      Application should be "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" (check that path is right for your machine)
      UseDDE should be ticked
      DDEmessage should be empty
      Application should be msimn
      DEEAppNotRunn should be empty
      Topic should be system

IF YOU HAVE MICROSOFT OUTLOOK (not Outlook Express, the full application including Contacts and Tasks)
* In Outlook, create a new folder under your inbox called TEMP
--- right click on inbox and choose new folder
--- sepect mail and post items for the type and name the folder TEMP
* Drag and drop all of the MSG files from Windows Explorer into the temp folder now displayed inside Outlook
* In Outlook Express, using the IMPORT command as explained before.
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by:fordracer42
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OK I looked at tools and didn't have the folder option. I'm using xp does that make a difference. I do really think if I can get the symbol to show the envelope and change the .msg to .eml it may open right up. Bill
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I did change it and it now reads .eml and it has the envelope symbol, but it is unreadable. I can't download the attachment so its not fruitful to even mess with them is that the way you read it? Hate to loose the attachments, that the whole point in trying to get them back where I can download them so the best thing I guess, don't you think, is just to delete all of them and forget it......Bill
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Ah- attachments. I agree that renaming the file will not give you access to attachments. The only way to get them back AFAIK is to loag the msg files into a full copy of Outlook.
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