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Display eml in Explorer Preview Pane


DLgreen70

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#1
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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caperjack

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#2
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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davehc

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#4
What is your email program? Most open .eml files. Mine is Live mail, fwiw, and it opens then fully.
 

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DLgreen70

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#5
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8 64