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    opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    I have received an attachment in Outlook 2003 SP2 that is a .dat file. I attempted to open this in Notepad, Wordpad, 3 different types of .txt files, Acrobat 7.0, and .RTF (after changing the extension). Nothing worked. Some words were legible under Notepad, and 2 of them were "Starwriter 5.0". I am making an assumption that the file was written in that format. Opening this small book successfully will save me much re-typing time, so it would be very helpful. I never get anything when I try to search something on MS site - nothing ever comes up that even remotely applies to the search topic, so I gave up that search. I searched here for .dat file and tried everything I found, but nothing worked. Right now, I am just too confused to know what I might do. I realized after downloading a recovery program from Ontrack that it had nothing to do with what I was doing (at least I don't think it does).
    Sometimes I don't make the proper connections because of a slight brain injury and I am really not sure what process I should be following to help myself.
    Can anyone out there assist me? I am going to try to attach the file - no I can't - it says 100k Max and it is about 127K, I think. Oh, and I see that .dat files are not allowed.
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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Julia

    Have you tried asking the person who sent you it what program the file was supposed to be used with? I had a couple of files from someone (a Mac user) who had intended to send me a Word document, but somehow it had come with a .dat extension. They sent it again as a Word file, and in fact once I knew it was meant to be a Word file, I found that I could open the .dat file with Word. So it may be that it just has the wrong extension, or it may be that they have sent you a file intended for use with a program that you don't have.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Thank you, Ian,
    I had written the gentleman that sent it and he just responded. He doesn't know - said he had had the files for years and knew nothing about it. However, when I tried opening it with Notepad, I could read a couple words that leads me to believe that it was written by Starwriter 5.0. I tried changing the extension to .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf. Nothing worked. I just got off MS site downloading an Office Converter kit, but it says nothing about this kind of file. I don't have time to run it right now because I have to run to a meeting, but I will try it tomorrow or this evening.
    Thank you,
    Julia

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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Julia

    I have been doing some hunting around for you and this may help

    Convert Starwriter 5 documents to PDF Apparently it is a virtual printer.

    Never tried it, but let's hope it helps you

    Good luck
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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    You could also try using Word and instead of just trying to open the file, when you get the file open dialog box, change the file type to 'recover text from any file'. This might enable you to recover the text although you would not get the formatting. (You may have to change the file type box back to Word files next time you use the File Open command.)

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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Why don't you zip the file before sending.

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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    ...and then lo and behold Lower doen in the Lounge TonyE has found Edit Pad Lite in <post#=522,471>post 522,471</post: >

    Some other web forums state that it has the ability to view the contents of DAT files....I don't if it can convert but it is another avenue for you to investigate ...oh and did I say it was <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    If the file attached was named 'winmail.dat', see <post#=446986>post 446986</post#>.
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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Thank you very much, all. Have printed the thread so I don't forget to try anything. I will investigate the Starwrite 5 into PDF first, because that sound closest to my situation. Will keep you informed Thank you,
    Julia Henson

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    Re: opening .dat file (Win XP SP2 Ofc 2003 SP2)

    Latest update: Downloaded the Universal Document Converter and got some words and lots of boxes. I had changed the extention to .sdw before I started.
    Have now downloaded EditPad Lite to see what that will do.
    Turns out, though, that it is only a 34 page book according to the PDF file it created, and the one I need is about 160 pages. So I think after giving Edit pad Life a try, I will give up and wait for a more recent copy.
    Thank you all for your assistance. How wonderful of you all to be there helping people
    Julia

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