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What Type Of File Is This?

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spettifer

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I have several XP Pro computers in the office using Outlook 2000 for e-mail. No major problems for the most part. I bought a Dell with basically the same setup. Everytime I send a jpeg file on that computer, the person on the other side receives a winmail.dat file instead of the jpeg. I remember having this problem several years ago and have forgotten why the file converts to a winmail.dat and how to make sure the the jpeg file is not converted. Can anybody solve this mystery for me?

Scott
 

Rene Mata

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As a student of Microsoft Exchange server 2000, I
don't have yet the necessary experienced, but this
article will help....



What is a winmail.dat file?

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Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 138053

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winmail.dat is a rich text format file. Finally after 3 months of searching I found a free program to extract the files within. www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/Download/WMDecode.zip

Hope this helps

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The Winmail.dat file is used to preserve formatting that the sending client includes in the message, but is not recognized by the receiving client. In the case of Outlook, the Winmail.dat file includes Rich Text Formatting (RTF) instructions. This type of formatting is used with the Microsoft Outlook Rich Text Format and when using Microsoft Word as an e-mail editor.


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The sender is sending the attachment from Outlook (or some other such client) as Rich Text Format! The recipient has a mail server which strips the HTML formatting as messes the attachment up. This file can be recovered in DOS with a file called DETNEF.EXE or FENTUN.EXE. In future the sender should be advised to mail as plain text formatting. ----------------------------------------


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Hi together,

thanks for providing both links: www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/Download/WMDecode.zip ftp.AI.mit.edu/pub/users/grg/dos-windows/fentun.exe

Both programs do exactly what they should, the first one is a time limited trial version, the last is free and even lets you change the filename and destination directory - not that this feature is needed very much.

Thank you.

Michael ----------------------------------------

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I don't know the exact meaning of the word, but I know its a signature format from a rich text Outlook format. Usually, Netscape users will see this .dat file. Outlook users must send the message in plain text when sending messages to netscape users.

That's my two cents....

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http://www.modemhelp.net/newsletter/email/...inmaildat.shtml says it all

Ever wonder where WINMAIL.DAT attachments come from? It's a Microsoft Exchange "feature". Since Exchange supports rich-text email (bold, italic, multiple fonts, etc.), and Internet email doesn't, any email sent from Exchange to a non-Exchange mail reader will contain an Attachment called WINMAIL.DAT. If you use Exchange, you won't see this file, and the message will retain its formatting. However, it can be confusing for those who don't use Exchange (You, I, and the majority of the Internet population), and have no use for this file.

In MS Outlook and Outlook Express:

On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Mail Format (or "Send") tab. Under the Send tab is the message format list, select Plain Text or HTML(NOT Rich Text Format), and then click OK.

That is all there is to it!

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spettifer

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Rene, thanks for the info......That took care of the problem. Will keep the setting on Plain Text , no more Rich Text Format for me. Case closed.

Scott
 
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