EML files are email message files that contain text, attachments, and formatting. These files are commonly used to store messages, and they can be opened using a variety of mail clients, including Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Apple Mail. However, if you’re running Windows 8 and don’t have an email client installed, opening such a file can be a bit of a challenge. In this article, we’ll explore several ways to do it.
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Method 1: Use Windows Live Mail
Windows Live Mail is a free email client developed by Microsoft that’s compatible with Windows 8. You can also migrate EML to Outlook using a specialized tool and then open the data you need. If you already have this program installed, opening an EML file is as simple as double-clicking on it. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it for free from Microsoft’s website.
Once you’ve installed Windows Live Mail, you can open EML files in several ways:
- Double-click on the file to open it in Windows Live Mail.
- Drag and drop the file into the program’s window.
- Open Windows Live Mail, click on the “File” menu, and select “Open”> “Message.”
- Navigate to the location of the file and select it. Click “Open” to get it in the mail client.
Method 2: Use a Web-Based Email Client
If you don’t want to install an email client on your computer, you can use a web-based one to open EML files. Web-based mail clients, such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com, can all work with many files.
To open an EML file using a web-based email client:
- Open your web browser and navigate to your email provider’s website.
- Log in to your account.
- Click on the “Compose” button to create a new message.
- Drag and drop the EML file into the email message window.
- Click “Send” to send the email to yourself.
- Open the message you just sent yourself and click on the EML attachment to open it.
Method 3: Use a Third-Party EML Viewer
If you don’t want to install an email client or use a web-based email client, you can use a third-party EML viewer to open the files. There are several viewers available for Windows 8, both free and paid.
One popular viewer is MailDex by Encryptomatic. MailDex is a paid program that allows you to view, search, and convert EML files. It also supports other email formats, such as MSG, PST, MBOX, and PDF.
To use MailDex to open an EML file:
- Download and install MailDex from the Encryptomatic website.
- Open MailDex and click on the “File” menu.
- Select “Open” > “Mail Message.”
- Navigate to the location of the EML file and select it.
- Click “Open” to get the file in MailDex.
Method 4: Use an Online EML Viewer
If you don’t want to install any software on your computer, you can use an online EML viewer to open these files. There are several online viewers available, so you can choose any that will fit your needs the best.
To use an online EML viewer, follow these steps:
- Open your preferred online viewer in your web browser.
- Click on the “Choose File” button.
- Browse and select the file you want to open.
- Click on the “Open” button.
- The file will be uploaded and opened in the online EML viewer.
Using an online viewer is a good option if you don’t want to install any unnecessary programs. However, it’s important to note that your file will be uploaded to a third-party server, which may not be secure. Make sure to use a trusted online viewer to avoid any security risks.
Where Are EML Files Used?
These files are commonly used for email messages. Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird are a few examples of email clients that produce them. These files contain the message body, sender and recipient information, and attachments of an email message.
EML files are also used for archiving email messages. Many email clients allow you to save your email messages, which can be stored on your computer or in the cloud. This is a good way to keep a backup of your important emails and to free up space in your email client’s inbox.