What are Winmail.dat files and How Do I Open Them?

Sometimes an e-mail message might arrive in your inbox with a “winmail.dat” file attachment.  You might find that that you are unable to open it. Why does this happen?
Sometimes messages sent from the Microsoft Outlook e-mail client or Microsoft Exchange server have Rich Text Formatting (RTF) that your e-mail client does not understand. E-mails with RTF display different text styles, fonts and colors. The winmail.dat file contains the RTF information for the message, but usually will not open normally. 
Usually what happens is that your e-Mail client will display the message text, while the the RTF formatting remains in the Winmail.dat file attachment.  If you could open the RTF message, you would see email with the same text but different formatting.
You could ask the sender to only send to you in plain text formatting, and then there would be no winmail.dat file attachments.
Another option for Windows users (besides purchasing Microsoft Outlook) is to download a viewer program like MessageViewer Lite by Encryptomatic LLC.  MessageViewer Lite can display the contents an formatting of the winmail.dat file. MessageViewer Lite is us$24.95. A free 15 day trial is available.
MessageViewer Lite viewer opens winmail.dat files.
MsgViewer Lite, the Winmail.dat viewer for MS Windows.
MessageViewer Lite also opens Outlook .msg emails, and .eml email files, all in addition to Winmail.dat files.
If you have any questions, post them below and we’ll be glad to answer you.

How to Build Custom Email Export Profiles

.eml Email export profiles.

EmlViewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro) is a Windows email viewer. You can use it to discover and export .eml emails to to PDF and many other formats.

EmlViewer Pro lets you make your own email export profiles. What is an export profile? Its a pre-set instruction that tells EmlViewer Pro exactly what to do with the emails you have chosen.

Email export profiles in EmlViewer Pro.
Email Export Profiles in EmlViewer Pro

EmlViewer Pro comes with many pre-built export profiles. You’ll find them in the export tab drop down list.

You can edit any of these export profiles and add more features, such as naming files, copying files, setting page size, export format and much more.

To make changes to an export profile, just select it and click the “Edit Profile” button.

Edit Profile button.
Edit Profile button.

From the “Edit Profile” page you can adjust, select and change any of the options that are associated with the selected EmlViewer Pro export profile.

Edit email export profile page.
Edit Profile

Editing existing profiles is good, but if you’re ready to take it to the next level, you can design completely new email export profiles by clicking the “New Profile” button.

New Profile button starts the "New Profile creation" wizard.
New Email Export Profile Creation

This starts the “New Export Profile” wizard. Just follow along and make the choices that will best fit your project.

EmlViewer Pro gives you many options. If you’re satisfied with the “out of the box” email export options (and many people are), then there’s no need to make profile changes. However, if you think that EmlViewer Pro would be a little bit better if an export profile could do a few more things, then investigating the profile settings could be exactly what you need to get the job done perfectly.

Please reach out to our support team with any questions you may have about customizing EmlViewer Pro to your specific needs.