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Mistakenly set IE to open all .eml docs. How to change?

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1

    Mistakenly set IE to open all .eml docs. How to change?


    Am a newbie here - so Hello all....

    Need some help please.

    Trying to save emails to a disc.
    But Windows 8.1 doesn't seem to allow me to simply copy and paste to a disc in the files / format I want.

    I did not realise that my mobile / laptop / server were all synced. I used to have a POP account. But Windows 8.1 automatically gives you IMAP - and this syncs every gadget. Unfortunately I did not realise that when I was deleting emails off the server (to create more space) I was simultaneously deleting emails on my laptop. I thus deleted super sensitive and super important emails that I thought I had safely saved on my laptop in neat files in Windows Mail.

    I have followed a tutorial on here to find all emails hidden on my laptop.
    This I did by going into Folder Options and unselecting the Hidden Files box. So far so great. Suddenly all my emails since I bought the laptop at Xmas appeared in .eml format.

    So then I followed the next tutorial about saving them to a shortcut on the desk top. Did that. Then backed up to a disc.

    Very stupidly I then created a problem.
    Somehow when I clicked on one of the .eml emails I pressed the wrong button.
    The system asked me how I wanted to open the .eml file. And somehow I pressed Internet Explorer. So now my whole backlog of emails are ALL saved with the IE motif and I can't read any of them and don't know how to change it back.
    I tried re-saving them on a 2nd shortcut - but that didn't work either - the system still wants me to open every saved .eml email with Internet Explorer.
    I just can not figure out how to change the way .eml is opened.
    Can someone please help?

    Also - advise on how I read these .eml emails in the future will be most useful!!
    Do I somehow have to re-import them into Windows Mail ?

    Really hope to get some feedback soon. Thanks.

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello HP Mum, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You should be able to right click on the .eml file, click on "Open with", click on "Choose default program", and select to always open the file with your email program to fix this.

    Open with - Change Default Program in Windows 8
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    Thanks
    I did try and navigate my way round my laptop to figure out a solution before you replied.
    I did all you said. There was no app associated to my .eml emails. So I did download a free app called eml viewer. Trouble is that if I use this app to open the .eml all I get is a black screen. It doesn't work.
    Before I associated IE to the .eml I could see all the emails, Now I can't.
    I just want it back the way it was.
    Or to be simply able to copy/paste my emails somewhere I can easily read them.
    What app do people normally use to store their saved emails in .eml form ???

    Or do you think it best to re-set my computer to an earlier time today before it made this changes?
    Last edited by Brink; 08 May 2015 at 10:28. Reason: moved to original thread
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    64-bit Windows 10


    What email client program do you currently use for your email?

    For example: Mail app, or Windows Live Mail

    If you have recent restore point dated before this happened, then sure you could do a system restore with that restore point to undo the mistake.
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    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    Windows Live
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Was Windows Live Mail listed to select in "Open with"?
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    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    NO
    That is the problem
    Cant find it any where
    And cant find an app for association either
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Reinstalling "Windows Live Mail" from "Windows Essentials" may sort it for you.

    Latest Windows Essentials Version Released
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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Have you tried this---

    Click image for larger version
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  10. #10


    Posts : 11
    windows 8.1


    Thanks - but the option of Keep Using Live Mai is not on my list
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