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How to permanently save email in message format

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Hello,

We have converted to Outlook 2007 from Outlook express. We used to save messages in express to my documents, and we could pull them up as a mail, and click on attachments and view them. In outlook 2007, the default save mail format is html. We manually can choose Outlook message format (3rd of 4th option) without the unicode - that works great. Just what we want.

The question is - how can we set that permanently as default? The help just says to check the unicode in options->other->advanced. That's already checked, and that's not doing it for us. Where can we change this setting?

Thank you.
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If the mails are in your inbox you can just drag and drop the mails to your my documents folder and open them in message format.With the unicode ticked this should work fine for you
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Thank you for your prompt reply. is there no way to do a save as? is the drag and drop the only way?
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if you highlight the mail you wish to save then go to file then save as. a save box will appear and you can choose  to save as
txt
template
outlook message format
outlook message format-unicode


hope this helps
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Yes, I understand you can do that for every file - save as. I'm looking for the way to set the default to as outlook message format - not every message.  

I want the default to  be outlook message format.
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Sorry I have read your question again .I have been and talked to other office experts about this and basically if Unicode is enabled you get html if not you get txt. But it also depends on the original mail format as if it was sent as rich txt a save as will default to save as rtf format. No-one I have talked to or myself can consistently get it to be MSG as default
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Thanks, that's what I was afraid of. Thanks for your follow-up.

Do you mind if I move this question to another spot to see if anyone else has an idea? If they don't I'll give you all the points.

J
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no problem mate i will do some more checking. you may find a guru how has an another idea
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If you use mdaemon mail server - Standard (overkill you may think, but it can be on the same pc as Outlook) as an intermediary between wherever you are collecting your mail from, and Outlook, then all the messages there are stored in MSG format.  You can connect to the mail server using POP or IMAP.

You may find that there is a freeware equivalent to this idea - a program that filters incoming emails, stores them in MSG format, then makes that mail-store available to Outlook on demand via POP download.  
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You could do a bulk convert from the PST, but on an ongoing basis you only want to distill out the messages you haven't already converted.

http://www.bestsoftware4download.com/software/t-free-outlook-true-archive-download-johpaucf.html
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Loads of other products with a similar idea, here's another one

http://www.topshareware.com/MessageTree-download-60317.htm
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Thanks, I'll check this out. stay tuned...
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The answer is basically that you can't do what I want to do. All you can do is a manual save as, or switch to another program (not practical if enterprise environment).  Thanks to all who replied.
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welcome to my world.
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by:dam012345
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I found a solution here : http://outlook.developpez.com/faq/?page=VBA#VBA_save_mail
A macro will do the trick.
Then you'll add an icon in toolbar to execute it.

Here is the vba code  
Sub sav_mail_as_msg(Optional objCurrentMessage As Object)
    If objCurrentMessage Is Nothing Then Set objCurrentMessage = ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
    'prepare file name
    ExportName = objCurrentMessage.Subject & objCurrentMessage.CreationTime
    'folder where to save
    Folder = "c:\emails\"
    'forbidden caracters in filename
    PathNomExport = Folder & "Email " & Left(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace(Replace( _
    ExportName, "\", ""), "/", ""), ":", ""), "*", ""), "?", ""), "<", ""), ">", ""), "|", ""), ".", ""), """", ""), vbTab, ""), Chr(7), ""), 160) & ".msg"
    'Check in case destination file already exists
    n = 1
    MemPath = PathNomExport
    While Dir(PathNomExport) <> ""
        MsgBox "File " & vbCr & PathNomExport & vbCr & "already exists", vbInformation
        PathNomExport = Left(MemPath, Len(MemPath) - 4) & "(" & n & ")" & ".msg"
        n = n + 1
    Wend
    objCurrentMessage.SaveAs Folder, OlSaveAsType.olMSG
End Sub
 
Sub View()
    sav_mail_as_msg_orig
End Sub
 
Sub Selection()
    Dim outlook As outlook.Application
    Dim email As Object
    Dim emails As outlook.Selection
    Set outlook = outlook.Application
    Set emails = outlook.ActiveExplorer.Selection
    For Each email In emails
        sav_mail_as_msg email
    Next email
    Set emails = Nothing
    MsgBox "Done."
End Sub

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