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01-Feb-2008, 07:07 PM #1
Win.dat files
My mom has been trying to email herself files from work, mainly excel spreadsheets. When she gets them, the attachments are win.dat files. Anyone know how to convert it back? I tried changing it to a .xls but the spreadsheet contained jibberish and symbols.
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02-Feb-2008, 05:31 AM #2
Hello Frozenhelfire. If you follow the link you may get something to help but beware of no/4 on the list my mcafee site advisor does not like it.
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02-Feb-2008, 09:43 AM #3
I presume that your mom is using Outlook?

This can be caused if Outlook is configured to send email in Rich Text Format.

Change the format to Plain text and see if the attachments come through correctly?

Tools > Options > Mail Format tab > Plain Text. This will change the format for ALL sends.

To selectively change it, open the Contacts folder, then double-click on a contact's record.
Double-click on the person's e-mail address.
UNselect "Always send to this recipient in Microsoft Exchange Rich Text Format"

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15-May-2008, 08:57 AM #4
I'm having the opposite problem...jpeg's and pdf's sent from my Outlook wind up at the receiving end as .dat files. Can anyone tell me how to correct this? It's happening on both my laptop (XP) and desktop (VISTA).
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