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Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Win 8 64

    Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane


    Hello,

    I've searched quite a lot on this subject but have not been able to find a solution.

    In Win 8 Windows Explorer, the preview pane seems to be able to display previews of all file types I really use except the type I use most-- eml email files. Is it possible to get the preview pane to show a preview of an eml file?

    In searching the web I ran across reference to an old app named PreviewConfig that I believe was written for Vista, but apparently it does not work in Win 8, although I have not tried it-- kind of fear messing something up.

    I have noticed that if I simply manually edit an eml file's extension from eml to mht-- it will be displayed in the preview pane.

    I have hundreds if not thousands of eml files saved to disk. I really don't want to change all of them to mht because that eliminates email functionality of the file. Meaning, I would not be able to double-click the file, open it and respond to or forward it as an email message.

    Thanks for any thoughts on this.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    just a thought ,why not do a bit of a split screen with windows explorer and your .eml default email program . might take a little longer to preview each email ,,i use it like this with windows live mail to view my saved emails. like in the attachment , if need it just install windows live mail ,and set it to default for .eml files
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Win 8 64


    Thanks for the reply. Actually that is similar to what I have been doing as a work-around. I suppose I will just continue with that option.
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  4. #4


    What is your email program? Most open .eml files. Mine is Live mail, fwiw, and it opens then fully.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Win 8 64


    The installed email is Thunderbird ver 17.04. Thunderbird itself opens individual eml files saved to disk just fine in a window on this Win 8 PC. That is not the issue. It is the Windows/File Explorer Preview Pane on this PC that is not displaying a preview of the eml file. I also have a Win 7 64 bit PC with all the same programs installed. On that PC Explorer does in fact display previews of the same eml files.
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Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane
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