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Win.dat files

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Frozenhelfire, Feb 1, 2008.

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  1. Frozenhelfire

    Frozenhelfire Thread Starter

    Jan 27, 2008
    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.
  2. rka0

    rka0 Banned

    Oct 12, 2007
  3. WhitPhil

    WhitPhil Gone but never forgotten Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2000
    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"

    MS KB Note
  4. Homes in Phoenix

    Homes in Phoenix

    May 15, 2008
    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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