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Attachment is being converted to .dat

Discussion in 'Software' started by Makaveli, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Makaveli

    Makaveli Byte Poster

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    Attachment in Outlook Express

    Firstly anybody know why these .xls files are being converted to .dat and is thier a way of converting it back??
     
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    I assume these are 'winmail.dat' when they arrive. Turn off Rich-text sending - tools->Option->mail format and make it plain text.

    Other users of OE can decode winmail.dat files though.

    Harry.
     
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  4. Makaveli

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    Harry, thanks for ur reply. It keeps the file name e.g. examplexls.dat and adds a .dat at the end.

    MarkN - thanks for the link, not too clear what they said to do.

    Hold ctrl and right click the attachment? Anyone use Outlook Express at home that could hold ctrl and right click on a attachment and see if they get that menu option please? I wont be able to check till 2mrw.....
     
  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Oh - never seen that before!

    I'll have a dig and see if anything pops up.

    Can you detail the flow of events please? i.e. I did this first then that and the guy getting the email got the other.

    Harry.
     
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  6. eyeball

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    --another possibility--

    I remember 1 time that zone alarm (the email protection part of) saved your files as dats, then you could only open them with zone alarm installed on the PC, if it is that then the open with menu does not work as it wraps the files I think.

    But I agree it is most likly the former solution!
     
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  7. Makaveli

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    Dont worry guys. Justed saved the file and renamed it to .xls and worked fine. Didnt have much time yesterday before I left... but that worked. Thanks for the replies.
     

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