I have a dbx file saved in Word. How do I vie

April 16, 2011 at 04:47:01
Specs: Windows XP
I have a dbx file which was extracted from Outlook Express long ago, as I didn' t want to lose the content, and it was saved as a Word Doc which will obviously not open. Is there any way I can view this?

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#1
April 16, 2011 at 05:56:04
Only by importing it back into OE. As I understand it the DBX file is a compressed format that is uncompressed by the "Import" tool in OE. This is a guess. I might be wrong.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
April 16, 2011 at 12:07:29
If you simply renamed it to a doc, then rename it back to dbx and locate it with the other dbx files. It should then show in OE again. However, be careful to give it a name that is not already being used by OE as it will overwrite it.

It will not work if you have tampered with the file in any other way.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#3
April 16, 2011 at 14:07:46
Thanks, I tried that but with no luck.

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#4
April 16, 2011 at 14:14:20
hmmm...it was saved in word, but the doc says Daily Guru.dbx

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#5
April 16, 2011 at 14:16:23
When I renamed it...it shows as Daily Guru.doc DBX file

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#6
April 16, 2011 at 15:07:14
Maybe you are not set to show all file extensions. If not it's a good thing (despite it not being MS default).

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#7
April 16, 2011 at 15:10:41
If you saved the .dbx in Word you corrupted the file beyond recovery. Word is a word processor, it expects data in a certain format and in a certain order. You saved a database file which word does no understand which attempted to save it as a doc file which has a completely different format than a .dbx file.

If you exported the .dbx file to word then it is now on Word format an OE will not be able to recognise it.

Stuart


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#8
April 16, 2011 at 16:34:15
Yes, I originally thought you might have just changed its extension from dbx to doc.

It now looks like you are not set to show known file extensions and that you saved it as a doc. That is why it now appears as "Daily Guru.doc.dbx". As StuartS says, it is therefore beyond recovery. Pity you didn't just keep it as a dbx file.

You could peer inside it with a text editor but I doubt there would be anything readable.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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