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    Outlook is bleak (6.00.2600)

    Outlook is bleak

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    Re: Outlook is bleak (6.00.2600)

    Regarding this part: "As I understand it, Microsoft Outlook is a PIM (Personal Information Manager) which wraps together a diary, organiser, address book, message list, e-mail and notes. The e-mail part of it is handled by a second program, Outlook Express (OE)."

    Outlook/Internet Explorer/Windows may use some of the DLLs and executables associated with Outlook Express for some functions, but the message stores of OE and Outlook are entirely distinct. A user who uses only Outlook for mail will not have any .DBX files.

    In Outlook, using Save As... in an open message will preserve the "visible" headers (From, Date, To, Subject), but not the "Internet headers." In theory one could write a VBA procedure to kick them all out as individual files or, better for your purposes, could append them together into a large document. Using a little more automation, it could be a Word document tagged to generate a handy table of contents. Someone really ambitious could generate an XML archive with a scripted threading index... Whether anyone has made such a tool, I don't know, but if one had the time to let it churn through the messages, it could produce some useful results.

    (As a digression, to help manage Eudora mail, take a look at BoilerBase.)

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    Re: Outlook is bleak (6.00.2600)

    are you using outlook or outlook express? They are two totally different programs and both can do mostly what you want, in different ways. In OE, drop the messages to the file system and change the extension to txt if you want (use a batch file) - in Outlook, select all, file save as text and you'll have one large text file.

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    Re: Outlook is bleak (6.00.2600)

    Paul,

    I have been successful, in moving Outlook Express from one computer to another, by simply Finding and copying all the .dbx files to the new location: then importing them into Outlook Express. Everything is put back as before.

    Jon

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