.Msg Files are email documents created by Outlook. Read on to learn more.
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What is a .msg file? These are email documents created by Microsoft Outlook. Microsoft refers to them as "Compound Message Documents." They are containers for streams of information related to individual email messages, including such email details as the subject, recipient, sender, sent date, received date, file attachments, etc. MSG files are also saved as COM structured storage OLE2 compound documents, which allows it's objects to be linked to other applications such as Microsoft Word or Excel.
Quite simply, .Msg files are individual email messages that have beeen saved outside of Outlook's main personal storage database, also called a .pst file.
The .Msg file format is proprietary to Microsoft Outlook. The open standard equivalent to .msg would be an .eml file, the structure of which is set forward in RFC-822.
It's very common to find .msg files attached to an email message that has been forwarded by an Outlook user. The vast majority of .msg files you will encounter are created by Outlook, but know that there are other software programs that also use the .msg extension, and not all are compatible with Outlook.
To open and read a .msg file, you must have compatible software that can decipher Microsoft's proprietary file structure. You can use Outlook to open .msg files, or you can use one of the .msg viewer products from Encryptomatic LLC that will let you read, print and sort .msg files.
To view a .msg file, you'll need MS Outlook software, or a specialized .msg file viewer such as:
MSG files are encoded into binary and ASCII. Software with a hex editor or binary file parser would be able to reveal the internal workings of a .MSG file.
Opening .msg files is a simple proces with the correct software. When installing MsgViewer Pro, you will be be prompted about setting the software as the default for .msg or .eml files, making opening these files are easy as clicking on them.
If the .msg file open as a HTML mark up language, you'll need to change the language format from HTML to plain text. If you're looking to view .msg files in other email clients, you'll have to convert them to EML files. To do so you'll have to export MSG files out of Microsoft Outlook as an EML file. This way .msg files are converted to EML and can now be opened by any email client.
Creating manual .msg files for computer to computer transfer is an option that MS Outlook users may want to explore. Besides creating .msg files by ordinary email activities as sending and receiving messages, there is a way to manually create .msg files using the Microsoft Outlook client. Below is a step by step process on how to accomplish this:
Done. You've just created a manual .msg file that you can now transfer over onto another computer.
How can you view .msg files? Simple, use Microsoft Office or MSG Viewer pro.
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