Solved how to open EML files in Word? I use a Mac.

April 11, 2011 at 09:39:39
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How do I open a file with an EML extension? I have a Mac, and use Word.

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#1
April 12, 2011 at 10:08:27
I believe that an .eml file is a Windows mail extension, which has been in use for some time now. If you have Word installed, you must have Entourage on there somewhere, if you have Office 2004 for Mac or later. I honestly believe that on the old Mac OS 9 "Classic", Outlook Express for Mac opened .eml files. If you really want to, and your Mac is old enough, you can start the Classic environment and give this a shot. In Office 2011, it includes Outlook for Mac, finally, so you can use Outlook to open it directly like on a Windows PC.

Nevertheless, you can get *basic* viewing, which will appear quite garbled by dragging and dropping it on the TextEdit application, or by pressing space in newer releases of OS X to Quick View the file. I do not think that Word will do a much better job than TextEdit can at decoding this file. :)

To view the file fully, you will need to open Entourage, and Import the folder containing the .eml files. Explain you are importing Outlook or Outlook Express mail from another account or computer.

I hope this helped you. If not, please post back. The best way to say thanks is to give this a thumbs up. :) Thank you for letting me assist you today.


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#2
April 12, 2011 at 10:38:25
Thank you for your reply; it's a bit over my head, technically. I don't think I have outlook. I do appreciate your time, but I guess I have to hire someone to get hands-on help.

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#3
April 12, 2011 at 16:33:47
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Don't worry--everyone, including myself and others here--started learning how computers worked one way or another.

The first thing to consider is the file extension--.eml. Three and four letter extensions can be more accurately described as abbreviations. They were designed so that developers (and end users) of early operating systems could identify with files. Watch. On Windows, .exe is shorthand for executable and .lnk for shortcut link, .webloc on OS X is Web location, .bmp is bitmap, .doc is document, and so on, though weirder extensions like .jpg stand for Joint Picture Group Extension! :)

So, with that in mind, .eml means e-mail. That automatically means you need a mail client, such as Outlook, Mail, Entourage, or a similar program to open the file, which is what I'm suggesting. Because, luckily, you are on a Mac, you can simply drag and drop your .eml file into a blank spot in a mail client's window, and if the app is kind enough, it will render it for you.

I hope this helps clear up any confusion I may have caused. Please feel free to reply back if you need any more assistance--glad to help. :)


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#4
April 12, 2011 at 20:14:18
Thank you for your generous patience. I should have figured out myself that .eml means email. I do not have either Entourage or Outlook. Can you tell me what "a blank spot in a mail client's window" is. Thank you again.

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#5
April 13, 2011 at 00:20:54
Thank you for posting back!

It appears then, that you will need to use Mail. In order to do so, you will need to set up a Mail account with the Mac. This ensures it can send and receive e-mail. This could be a Microsoft exchange, some webmail accounts, or the one provided by your ISP. With your description of having .eml files, it is recommended to purchase Office for your Mac. This will include Entourage in Office 2004 (works with Jaguar or better) or 2007 (if you have Tiger or later), and Outlook in 2011 (if you have an Intel processor + Leopard).

Once that is done, the blank portion I'm referring to is literally the blank spots, like you would find on a piece of paper within the application's window. This is the area in the mail client in which you read e-mails, or see a list of e-mails. It will literally look like empty space. I believe, however, that Mail works with Unix formatted mail, starting with the introduction of Spotlight, to make indexing easier, so this method may or may not work. Outlook and Entourage are the two that can master this file type, as it is a Microsoft e-mail extension.

I hope this clears things up a little bit more. :) If things still aren't making sense, I will be more than glad to further assist you.


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#6
April 13, 2011 at 04:55:51
That's quite clear. I'm going to need to get a new computer soon - this one is 5 or 6 years old and doesn't even have an Intel chip (!). Now I know one of the bells and whistles I'll need. Thanks for your expert help.

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#7
April 13, 2011 at 22:24:08
You're certainly welcome. Feel free to come back to Computing.net if you have any more questions. :)

Thank you for allowing me to assist you--it's been a pleasure.


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