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Can't see winmail.dat

An email I received is 85KB for a 10 line text message.  I'm using Outlook Express 6 and there was supposed to be an attachment but the email doesn't indicate an attachment exists, neither is the "save attachments" menu item active under the files menu.  However when I look at the properties of the email I see...

------=_NextPart_000_004C_01C4B883.58D001B0
Content-Type: application/ms-tnef;
     name="winmail.dat"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
Content-Disposition: attachment;
     filename="winmail.dat"

How can I grab this attachment?
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Bob3975
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sunray_2003Commented:
Hi Bob3975,

Wmdecoder should do the job for you

http://www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/

SR..
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Bob3975Author Commented:
Before I do that, it says WMDecode is for non-Outlook programs and I'm using Outlook Express.  It also says drag the winmail.dat attachment into it, but I can't get to the attachment.  It doesn't seem to fit the situation, or does it?
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

I have used it for Outlook express.
install that Wmdecode .. run it. in the command prompt that opens check where the executable is.
get your winmail.dat file and put it in the location where the executable is
now run it and it should decode..
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Bob3975Author Commented:
I just did and it didn't seem to work, I got...

WMDecode.exe V1.10-   http://www.biblet.com    Copyright Steve Beadle 2002-4

Drag and drop a WINMAIL.DAT file onto this program's icon to find attachments
Or run from command line with a filename as the argument.

* This program is a time-limited release.
* This program will expire on Tue Nov 30 12:00:00 2004

* For a registered version which never expires and has batch capability,
* please see ReadMe.txt or register for $10 at www.biblet.com

Analysing file files.eml, length 87026

No valid attachments found in this file.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

Do you know where the wmdecode.exe file is right ?

copy the winmail.dat attachment or in other words save winmail.dat attachment to the same location of that wmdecode.exe file.
Then run that exe file..

Is that what you are doing ?

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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

Depending on your OS , you can use other programs here to decode winmail.dat
http://www.pchell.com/support/winmaildat.shtml

SR
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Bob3975Author Commented:
sunray,

I can not get to the attachment.  I can't save it.  That's the problem.  How do I get to it?
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Bob3975Author Commented:
I'm on XP btw
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

When you double click the email message , do you see that dat file is blocked
if yes do this

OPen OE
go to tools --> options --> security
and uncheck " Donot allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus "

After saving , scan for virus and then run that wmdecode
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Bob3975Author Commented:
That's what's weird.  That checkbox is already not checked, "do not allow attachments to be saved or opened"... but I still can't get to it.  I was doing a seach on hidden attachments and found http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Email/Q_20652536.html?query=hidden+attachment&topics=130, but I can't figure out what the answer finally was.
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

So what exactly do you see when you double-click an email that has this DAT file.
can you click on it to see if it is enabled and right-click to see if it can be saved..
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

here it is but it is the same idea
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Email/Q_20652536.html

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Bob3975Author Commented:
Normally any email with an attachment shows a paperclip icon on the Inbox display, this one does not.  Normally when I dbl click an email (view it) the displayed email shows an "attach:" line just under "subject" with the name of the attachment, this one does not.  The only reason I believe it's there is the size of the email and the properties as shown in my initial question.
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sunray_2003Commented:
But where do you see this winmail.dat file..

Is there any chance you can take a screenshot of it and post it in a website so that we experts can see
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sunray_2003Commented:
Try this

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If you are using Outlook Express and receive an email which looks like it should have an attachment and cannot see it, you can download the attachemnt using webmail, or if you do not have a copy of the message left on the sever, you can extract the file using Winzip and WMDecode

Highlight the message by clicking it once

Select the 'File' menu

Select 'Properties

Select 'Details'

Select 'Message Source'

Right-click on the message and select 'Select All'

Right-click on the message and select Copy

Open Notepad

Select the 'Edit' menu

Select 'Paste'

Select the 'File' menu

Select 'Save as'

Save the file as WINMAIL.MIM

Open up WinZip and extract the file 'winmail.dat'

Proceed from Step 2 of the Receiving winmail.dat solution above

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http://www.keypoint.com.au/knowledge.html?strid=1454
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Bob3975Author Commented:
I've posted http://www.cataloggiftplan.com/junk.htm.  I'll check out your last post now.
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Bob3975Author Commented:
Got It!  Thx!
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sunray_2003Commented:
Bob3975,

Cool... Glad we fixed it

SR
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