Converting EML Emails to ODT or DOCX Format

Screen image of docx/odt email export profiles.

For some time, EML Viewer Pro users have been asking us to add the ability to bulk convert .eml files into editable documents that they can use in MS Word or an open source editor such as Libre Office.  With the release of EML Viewer Pro 5, we’re glad to finally tell you that we have added this ability to your software.

EML Viewer Pro can now bulk export .eml or .msg email files directly to .ODT or .DOCX format.  The process for doing this as simple as selecting the “Export to ODT” or DOCX profile from the list on the main toolbar.   For the benefit of readers who have not tried EML Viewer Pro yet, we’ll walk you through the process in this article.

Convert .EML Files to .ODT or .DOCX Documents With EML Viewer Pro

The first step of course is to have Eml Viewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro) installed on your Windows computer.  You can download it from here. A free trial will last a full 15 days.

When EML Viewer Pro starts, use the folder navigation on the left side of your computer to locate a directory with .eml or .msg files.  The messages will be read into EML Viewer Pro’s mail list.

Image shows emails displayed in EML Viewer Pro mail list.
Emails displayed in mail list

Select the email messages that you want to export to .odt/.docx format.  You can select them individually, or type Ctrl-A to select all of the messages in the list.  Note that we do not limit the number or emails you can convert at one time. Generally, we encourage you to work in batch of 10,000 emails or less, but larger numbers are also supported.

After your .msg or .eml files are selected, choose either the “Export to ODT” or “Export to DOCX” export profile from the dropdown list on the main toolbar.

Select the email export profile from the drop down list.

Now click the “Start” button to begin the export operation (the start button is the green arrow pointing to yellow paper on the left side of the drop down list).  You may be asked to select a folder the DOCX or ODT files will be placed.

Images shows the Browse for Folder, and selectable folders.
Select a folder for the odt/docx files

And that’s all there is to it!  The short video below recaps the process of converting .eml or .msg into .odt using Eml Viewer Pro  EML Viewer Pro is $69.99 for a single license.
Download a free 15 day trial and try it yourself!

Update: EmlViewer Pro 8 will soon include the ability to combine multiple .eml email files into a single .DOCx file for editing. Contact our support team to learn more.

How to Export Email Addresses From .Eml Files To CSV/Excel?

Screen image of Microsoft Excel.

 .Eml files are text files that contain individual email messages. They have been formatted in a special manner that is described in a standards document called RFC-822.   Software that understands this text encoding can display the contents of the email message, including file attachments (yes, even binary files are encoded as text in an .eml file).  Virtually any standard email client can open .eml files, including Outlook, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, etc.

While email clients can open individual .eml files, they fall short when it comes to searching and managing a directory filled with hundreds or thousands of these files.  EML Viewer Pro is a specialized viewer for both .eml and Outlook .msg files. It lets you analyze the contents of thousands of .eml files and even convert them to different formats.

Saving Email Addresses in .Eml Files to .CSV Format

A customer wrote us recently and said that when she decided to leave her ISP’s email service for Gmail, the only way she could take her emails with her was to download them as a large batch of .eml files. She then wanted to create a list of her email contacts.  To accomplish this, she used EML Viewer Pro to export the email messages to a comma separated values (.CSV) file which she could then import into Microsoft Excel.

Here are the steps you can take to save email addresses from .eml files into an Excel spreadsheet.

First, download a trial of EML Viewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro). You can use the free trial for 15 days.

Then, select the folder where your .eml email files are stored. This can be a local, network or cloud folder, as long as it appears in your Windows folder structure.  When the folder is selected, EML Viewer Pro will read in the email messages and display them in a list.

You can use the sort and search functions to find emails that are important to you.

Form for searching your .eml email files.
EML Search Window

Any .eml files that match your search query will appear in the list. You can select messages to export individually, or you can select all of them. To select all, type “Ctrol-A.”

The final step is to tell EML Viewer Pro the format that we want to export the selected .eml files to. In this case, we want to collect the email addresses from our .eml files, so we’ll tell EML Viewer Pro to convert the selected emails into a .CSV file.   To do this, look to the toolbar, and select the export profile called “CSV,” then click the yellow and green Export button to start the operation.

Animated gif shows how to select the Eml to CSV export profile in EmlViewer Pro software for MS Windows.
Select CSV export profile.

EML Viewer Pro will begin converting your .eml emails into an organized .CSV file. Various fields will be copied from the .eml file into corresponding columns in the .CSV file.

In this image, we have opened the CSV file in Microsoft Office Excel.  The email content is now fully available to be analyzed and manipulated in Excel.

creen image of MS Excel with email content imported from CSV file.
CSV File with Email Content Imorted to MS Excel

If you are converting thousand of emails, it may take it several minutes to complete the operation.  At the end, you’ll have a .csv file that has the main email data fields separated into into columns.  Use Excel’s de-duplication function to remove any duplicate email addresses.

That’s all there is to it!  Download your EML Viewer Pro free trial from here.