OK. Comments inline...
> I have followed the instructions below. Emails are now indexed, but.....
> a) the title is shown as a file name, eg 17CF2AA2-0000000A3.eml
Yep. A raw .eml file has no document properties to speak of (like Title,
Subject, Author etc). The file name is all that WDS has to go by, and the
developers chose this arcane file-naming convention, probably to deter
people like me from messing about with files in the Store folder. If you do
do that, you foul up the database and create all sorts of trouble.
> b) the email opens up in OE, even though WLM is set as the default email
Quick and dirty: right-click on an eml file name (you can do it in a WDS
window) and select Open with. Select "Always use this program...", browse to
wlmail.exe and OK your way out. Same again for nws. Posh way: Control Panel
> Folder options > File types, find EML (and NWS) and click Change. Browse
to Windows Live Mail or wlmail.exe.
> c) WDS will only index emails that have been opened (presume the email has
> thus been downloaded to a file in the WLM folder.
Don't know about this - I haven't got any unread e-mails to play with. It
will depend, of course, on your synchronization settings. If you download
Headers only, then there isn't anything to index yet. But I would have
thought that a downloaded message body would get indexed regardless of
whether it had been read or not.
> Not really satisfactory. Are there other settings that need to be changed
> to make WLM store emails in a form compatible with WDS.
If you drag an eml or nws file from WLMail to your desktop, it will appear
with FileName = Subject: and DateModified=Date:, and so be indexed by WDS
with this new file name as Title. (The "Date modified" on an eml file in the
file system is the date and time it was written to the database, not the
Date: field of the message itself). This seems, though, to be a lot of
effort for little gain.
> One other thing: The "All Locations" pull-down in WDS only shows options
> for "Files" or "Outlook Express". Live Mail not mentioned.
That's because it's covered by Files. OE stores its messages in a
portmanteau database file called *.dbx, whereas WLMail stores them as
individual files. You do have an "E-mail" button a bit further right which
will restrict your search to eml and nws (and, I think, RSS) files.
Now, having said all that, I personally find that I don't use the WDS search
facility much to find messages. I just use the "Find a message" box in
WLMail - this accesses the WDS index and produces results very quickly,
within a particular folder or in "All e-mail" or "All news". If I need to
find messages From but not To a particular individual, then Edit > Find
(Ctrl-Shift-F) works well, but slowly compared with the 'Find a message'
Oh, and one more thing I remembered while reading this through before
hitting 'Send'. EML and NWS files are plain text files. I have the file
associations for EML and NWS set to Notepad. This doesn't affect the
workings of WLMail, but it does mean that if the mail program is not
running, I can still view a mail message without waiting for WLMail to start
> "Ildhund" wrote:
>> Works fine for me. Make sure your Store folder (Options > Advanced >
>> Maintenance > Store folder button will tell you where it is) is marked
>> indexing (Right-click on the folder in Explorer, select Properties >
>> tab > Advanced button) and included in indexed locations in WDS (Click on
>> the tray icon and select WDS Search options > Modify to select the Store
>> folder). Check also that on the Advanced > File types tab, eml and nws
>> are included and the option to Index properties and file contents is
>> selected. OK your way out, then go to bed.
>> The default Store folder location (in %userprofile%\Local Settings) is by
>> default excluded from the WDS index.
>> "first500" <first500@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> > Just installed Live Mail, but find that WDS still indexes (only) at
>> > Outlook
>> > Express emails. There seems to be no option in WDS to include LM in
>> > the
>> > email search.
>> > Am I missing something? Does anyone know how to force WDS to index
>> > emails
>> > stored in Live Mail?
>> > Help appreciated - ff