Updating column in a .msg file in explorer


Is there a way to update the metadata of .msg files in a folder in Windows 7 Explorer?  

I would like to add a column that shows received date but all the date columns are empty?


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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
Unfortunately, Windows Explorer only goes some of the way. It allows the columns to be created, but doesn't populated. You also can't get it by right-hand clicking and going to Properties - Details. They aren't easy to get.

There are programs, such as Filecats Professional which can extract the data such as recipients, attachments names and, as you say, received date from MSG files and others into Excel, so you can use that as a surrogate, but you can't do it directly, I'm afraid. And I don't know of a way to update them, as per your question,

Hope that helps.
Alexei KuznetsovMicrosoft Outlook MVPCommented:
There is a commercial software that can export Outlook messages to MSG files with additional metadata for Windows Explorer. This data is stored in MSG (which is a COM Structured Storage container) in a Property Stream.
service_informatiqueAuthor Commented:

Can you please tell me the name of this commercial software?

Alexei KuznetsovMicrosoft Outlook MVPCommented:
For example, ReliefJet Essentials. It provides the Export Outlook Items to MSG Files utility. By enabling the "Append summary information for Windows Explorer" option you'll get the desired result. Tutorial video available that shows how to use these additional columns.

DISCLAIMER: I recommend this software because I'm one of its developers, so feel free to ask any further questions.

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