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Export WLM messages to text file

  1. #1


    davepkz Guest

    Export WLM messages to text file

    I want to archive my email each month to a plain text file. WLM has
    File | Save As for this but I can't select more than one file at a
    time when using it.

    The way I used to do this with OE was File | Export | Messages, which
    sends them in bulk to Outlook 2000, where I CAN use File | Save As on
    all the files at once.

    However when I try this approach using WLM, I get "Windows Live Mail
    was unable to export all of your messages. Your disk may not have
    enough space for all the exported messages, or some of the messages
    you're exporting may be corrupted."

    I know I have plenty of space on my drive, and the Outlook 2000 PST
    file is less than 1MB in size. Plus this process still works fine
    from OE.

    Does anyone know what the problem is? Or is there an alternate way to
    do this?

    Thanks

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  3. #2


    Colin Brown WLMVP Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    All your mail is actually saved as text by default in WLM.
    Try browsing to C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local
    Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\[folder name]

    Where user name = your windows login account
    folder name = the WLM account you want to browse

    Once there you should see a whole bunch of text files, simply right click
    and open in notepad or some other text reader.

    Colin Brown
    WL MVP

    <davepkz@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:83e71179-82f2-40cd-a349-2d8de27a4ce2@xxxxxx

    > I want to archive my email each month to a plain text file. WLM has
    > File | Save As for this but I can't select more than one file at a
    > time when using it.
    >
    > The way I used to do this with OE was File | Export | Messages, which
    > sends them in bulk to Outlook 2000, where I CAN use File | Save As on
    > all the files at once.
    >
    > However when I try this approach using WLM, I get "Windows Live Mail
    > was unable to export all of your messages. Your disk may not have
    > enough space for all the exported messages, or some of the messages
    > you're exporting may be corrupted."
    >
    > I know I have plenty of space on my drive, and the Outlook 2000 PST
    > file is less than 1MB in size. Plus this process still works fine
    > from OE.
    >
    > Does anyone know what the problem is? Or is there an alternate way to
    > do this?
    >
    > Thanks

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  4. #3


    davepkz Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    On May 21, 3:19 pm, "Colin Brown WLMVP" <Hackerso...@xxxxxx>
    wrote:

    > All your mail is actually saved as text by default in WLM.
    > Try browsing to C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local
    > Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\[folder name]
    True however there are two advantages to the Outlook Save As approach:

    1. The .eml files are separate files per email and are not named
    intuitively. Using Outlook's Save As with a batch of files I can
    easily generate a single appropriately named file to group all
    messages of a given topic.

    2. Outlook's Save As only includes the basic From, To, Date, and
    Subject in the header. The .eml files have some 25 lines of header,
    making them harder to read (especially if concatenated as described in
    point #1).

    In any case, I don't understand why the File | Export | Messages |
    Microsoft Exchange isn't working (for me) in WLM.

    Thanks for the reply.

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  5. #4


    Urbane.Tiger Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    Can I ask what the purpose of the "archive" is, i.e. what function does it
    serve in your environment.

    You need to be running MAPI (Mail Application Program Interface) to save in
    MS Exchange format, one would normally get that via installing a MAPI
    client, I think MS Exchange Server ships with such a thing, I doubt that
    MAPI would be any more eyeball readable that WLM format (.eml)

    Files with an .eml extension are "readable" in the sense that they are ASCII
    text. However, it is intended they they be accessed via a mail client, such
    as WLM. It is not intended that they be read using a text processor such as
    Notepad - if that were so then they would have an extension of .txt. Export
    to WLM format essentially copies the file from WLM's so called message store
    to the file you designate.



    <davepkz@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:e51d679a-bef0-4492-9dcc-46550867e708@xxxxxx

    > On May 21, 3:19 pm, "Colin Brown WLMVP" <Hackerso...@xxxxxx>
    > wrote:

    >> All your mail is actually saved as text by default in WLM.
    >> Try browsing to C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local
    >> Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\[folder name]
    >
    > True however there are two advantages to the Outlook Save As approach:
    >
    > 1. The .eml files are separate files per email and are not named
    > intuitively. Using Outlook's Save As with a batch of files I can
    > easily generate a single appropriately named file to group all
    > messages of a given topic.
    >
    > 2. Outlook's Save As only includes the basic From, To, Date, and
    > Subject in the header. The .eml files have some 25 lines of header,
    > making them harder to read (especially if concatenated as described in
    > point #1).
    >
    > In any case, I don't understand why the File | Export | Messages |
    > Microsoft Exchange isn't working (for me) in WLM.
    >
    > Thanks for the reply.

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  6. #5


    ...winston Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    File/Export/Messages/Microsoft Exchange exports files to Outlook without requiring MS Exchange Server's installation.
    - if not attempted earlier it will use the default Outlook Profile
    - if already attempted a prompt for the Profile(since it already found it prior) will be added to the steps.

    I suspect the purpose since it is apparent that WLM and Outlook are both installed/available/familiar, is to avoid the extra
    content added by WLM to an eml file, thus export to OL and 'Save As' in a more legible(the op's perception) format for reference or
    archiving.
    Also Outlook provides are variety of 'save-able' formats.. txt, oft(template), msg, htm, html, mht.

    An Outlook message saved as a txt file might looks like this
    From: Sender@xxxxxx
    Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2008 1:22 AM
    To: Winston
    Subject: RE: Anything

    This is the entire content of this message. EOM.

    Whereas the same eml message opened as a text file includes all the headers content(identical to selecting a
    message/properties/message source) in addition to the message body content.

    While opening a eml message is primarily intended to be accomplished with WLM, that method doesn't always preclude another method
    for a desired or comfortable purpose.

    --
    ...winston
    ms-mvp mail


    "Urbane.Tiger" <viking.warrior@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:Tq2dnTNQfYfJZanVnZ2dnUVZ_hzinZ2d@xxxxxx

    > You need to be running MAPI (Mail Application Program Interface) to save in MS Exchange format, one would normally get that via
    > installing a MAPI client, I think MS Exchange Server ships with such a thing, I doubt that MAPI would be any more eyeball
    > readable that WLM format (.eml)



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  7. #6


    davepkz Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file


    Yes, Winston is correct in my case. I have many years of email
    archives stored in simple text documents so they can be read without
    dependence on any email viewer. I want to be able to continue to add
    to these archives.

    I'll try to focus my question again:

    1. The File | Save As | TXT file command works perfectly, except WLM
    only allows me to save one file at a time. Does anyone know how to do
    this in bulk (as in Outlook 2000, where I can select many emails and
    use File | Save As) ?

    2. If not, I know I can do it easily enough by first exporting to
    Outlook. So why does WLM's File | Export | Messages | MS Exchange
    give an apparently incorrect error message about drive space, while
    the same command with OE works fine? Has anyone else been able to get
    File | Export | Messages | MS Exchange to work in WLM?

    Thanks again


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  8. #7


    Ron Sommer Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    WLM will export to Outlook 2003 and newer.
    Do you have an Exchange server setup?
    Just having Outlook does not mean that Exchange is setup.
    --
    Ronald Sommer

    <davepkz@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:299edb59-a9e6-40d3-bea4-6ce5accddca7@xxxxxx

    >
    > Yes, Winston is correct in my case. I have many years of email
    > archives stored in simple text documents so they can be read without
    > dependence on any email viewer. I want to be able to continue to add
    > to these archives.
    >
    > I'll try to focus my question again:
    >
    > 1. The File | Save As | TXT file command works perfectly, except WLM
    > only allows me to save one file at a time. Does anyone know how to do
    > this in bulk (as in Outlook 2000, where I can select many emails and
    > use File | Save As) ?
    >
    > 2. If not, I know I can do it easily enough by first exporting to
    > Outlook. So why does WLM's File | Export | Messages | MS Exchange
    > give an apparently incorrect error message about drive space, while
    > the same command with OE works fine? Has anyone else been able to get
    > File | Export | Messages | MS Exchange to work in WLM?
    >
    > Thanks again
    >

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  9. #8


    davepkz Guest

    Re: Export WLM messages to text file

    I have Outlook 2000. I thought an export to Exchange was independent
    of which email client will read from Exchange. Not true?

    I don't really know much about Exchange configuration, but I do know
    that OE has performed the same operation (File | Export | Messages |
    Exchange) successfully on this PC for 4 years (and still does work
    fine). Isn't that evidence that Exchange is configured properly for
    this operation? It would seem that if there were no Exchange server
    then OE could not export to said server.




    On May 24, 11:35*am, "Ron Sommer" <rsom...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > WLM will export to Outlook 2003 and newer.
    > Do you have an Exchange server setup?
    > Just having Outlook does not mean that Exchange is setup.
    > --
    > Ronald Sommer

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