Table of Contents
On occasion you may receive a strange attachment in your email called Winmail.dat. When you try to open it Windows will not let you, and the person sending it to you has no idea what it is. Do not worry, there are many people who have this same problem. The Winmail.dat is sent by users who use Microsoft Outlook as their email client and who have the send as Rich Text setting enabled. The Rich Text setting allows for all the original formatting including colors and fonts to be seen by the recipient of the email. The problem is that this is only useful for recipients who use Microsoft Outlook. If you are using Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger, Eudora, or a myriad of other email clients, then you will instead receive the Winmail.dat attachment.
If you use Microsoft Outlook as your mail client and have been receiving complaints that people are receiving these winmail.dat files from you, then it is easy to turn this feature off so this does not occur. To do so please follow these steps:
This make it so your default sending method will be plain text. By using this method you will no longer be able to use formatting, colors, or fonts, but you are guaranteed that everyone will be able to receive your emails as intended.
If you are the recipient of Winmail.dat files and would like to be able to view them there are some programs that will allow you to do so. These programs will decode the winmail.dat file and allow you to view them as they were meant to be seen. Below I have listed a few programs that will allow you to decode the Winmail.dat files:
As always if you have any comments, questions or suggestions about this tutorial please do not hesitate to tell us in the computer help forums.
Bleeping Computer Microsoft Basic Concepts Tutorial
BleepingComputer.com: Computer Support & Tutorials for the beginning computer user.
As many of you know, Gmail is Google's free web mail service that gives you 2+ Gigs of free storage for your email and attachments. Now that is a lot of storage; actually more storage than most people really need. So what can we do with all that extra storage you may be wondering? What if I told you that we could use all this extra storage to act as an online hard drive for you to store files?
According to a report by The Radicati Group on May 9th, 2006, there about 171 billion e-mail messages sent daily, 1.1 billion e-mail users worldwide, and 1.4 billion active e-mail accounts. These numbers are staggering and truly reflect how e-mail has become such an important medium for communicating with friends, family, colleagues, and clients. Though so many of you use e-mail all the time, how ...
A common question that many people ask is what is the ~ file that you occasionally see on your desktop, Documents and Settings folder, or other location on your hard drive. This brief tutorial will explain what this file is and give suggestions on how to use it. When you edit a contact in the Outlook Express Windows Address Book, or WAB, a file named ~ may be created. This file is simply a backup ...
This tutorial will explain how to add Gmail to the Windows 8 Mail app. This tutorial will also walk you through troubleshooting issues you may encounter when using 2-step verification on your Google account.
If your C: drive starts to run out of space, one of the most frustrating experiences can be figuring out what can be deleted or moved to another drive in order to free up storage. This is especially true with modern computers that are commonly configured with small SSD drives as their C: drive, which can easily run out of space due to their smaller storage capacity. If you are using Windows Live ...