Are you leaving Microsoft Outlook for another email client? Most non-Outlook clients are unable to import Outlook .pst/.ost files because the format is proprietary to Microsoft. A workaround is to convert your Outlook .pst emails into an open email format called MBOX, or MBX.
For converting email files to different formats, PstViewer Pro by Encryptomatic LLC is a useful and affordable Windows software tool. PstViewer Pro can read in files such as Outlook .pst, .ost, .eml, and .msg, then output the emails to different target formats, including MBOX, CSV, HTML, PDF, image files like PNG, GIF, and more.
Today’s lesson is focused on showing you how to use PstViewer Pro to convert Outlook .pst files directly to .mbox. MBOX is an open format that is supported by most email clients (other than Outlook) including Mozilla Thunderbird.
The first step is to open PstViewer Pro and choose your .pst file. Each email in the Pst file will be displayed on a line in the mail list.
Next, click on PstViewer Pro’s “Export” menu tab, then select “MBOX from the drop down list. The partial screen shot below shows the Export menu with MBOX selected.
Export Menu in PstViewer Pro software.
Next, select the emails you want to add to the MBOX file from PstViewer Pro’s mail list. To select all emails, type CTRL-A. Selected emails are highlighted in blue. You can select all emails, a range of emails, or just certain emails.
To begin the export process, click the yellow “Export” button.
PstViewer Pro will display a status window that shows the progress of your conversion.
Transforming .eml formatted email messages into text format can be useful for archiving or performing fast searches with a text indexing program. It also makes it easy to access the message contents even if an email client is not installed, since any simple text editor will do the job. While many email clients make it simple to convert a single email into a text file, they often fall short when it’s necessary to batch convert hundreds or thousands of emails.
This article looks at the .eml to .txt conversion capabilities included in Eml Viewer Pro, a Windows application that makes bulk management and conversion of email content easier. It will explain how to perform a conversion, setup a custom file naming scheme, and choose how the software should process email file attachments. To follow along with this tutorial, download a free 15 day trial of Eml Viewer Pro.
Converting .Eml To Text
To begin, start Eml Viewer Pro, and using the folder list on the left side of the screen, choose the Windows folder that contains your .eml files. Note that Eml Viewer Pro can also open .msg and .mht files, and convert them to text as well as .eml files.
Eml Viewer Pro email viewing software
Next, select the emails from the mail list that you want to convert into .txt text files. You can select a single .eml file by clicking on it. Hold down your Windows Shift key to select a range of files. To choose all of the .eml files in the list, type Ctrol-A to select all. When an .eml file is selected, it will be highlighted in the list.
.eml files selected in the mail list.
Now that our .eml files have been selected, the final step is to tell Eml Viewer Pro to convert them into text files.
Locate the Eml Viewer Pro main toolbar, and select “Text” from the Export Profile list.
Eml Viewer Pro export profile drop down list. Choose Text.
To begin the export process, click the Start button.
Eml Viewer Pro will go to work processing the selected .eml files into text files. Below is an image of a convert .eml file displayed in the Notepad text viewer.
The text file is formatted with the subject/from/to/sent time/attachments items listed in the header.
An .eml file converted into a text file
Html emails that do not have a text component will be shown with their html formatting.
Html .eml file converted to text
Converted .eml files will reside in a text file that given the name of the email subject line. You can change this if you like, since Eml Viewer Pro provides great flexibility in naming the text files it creates.
Naming Export Text Files
To add a custom naming plan to the saved text files, click the “Edit” button next to the Text export profile.
Edit the eml-to-text export profile.
This will bring up the Edit Profile window.
Edit text file naming structure
From the file naming drop down list, choose “Custom Naming Schema.”
Specify how exported text files are to be named.
Using the Custom Naming Schema editor, you can drag and drop the components to create the exact naming structure that your project requires.
Managing .EML File Attachments
When you export .eml files into text files, some of the emails will contain file attachments. With Eml Viewer Pro, you can specify how those file attachments should be processed. From the Export Editor, go to Target > Attachments, and select the option that best meets you need from the drop down list.
Manage how .eml file attachments are processed
Currently, Eml Viewer Pro gives you three options: ignore the file attachments, save them in a separate subfolder which will have the same name as the text file, or save the attachments into the same folder as the text file.
Eml Viewer Pro is a powerful tool for managing .eml email content. Converting .eml files into text file is just one of it’s capabilities. Eml Viewer Pro can also convert .eml to pdf, jpb, csv, mbox, odt, and many other formats. The process for converting to these other formats is identical to the text conversion process explained in this article.