win.dat conversion ultility

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  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    I tried searching and came up empty (probably did not use the right terms).

    I am recieving files in the win.dat format, and I know that it is an Excel format. Recommendations on a program to convert them?

    Thanks

    ChipNovaMac
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    .dat files can be ANYTHING. There's no way to convert them as such that I know of. If they are excel files then you should just be able to rename them .xls and open them in excel.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    I seem to remember a utility that some one here mentioned that converted the win.dat files.

    I could not find it using some search terms here and on Version Tracker.
     
  4. cfd macrumors member

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    If you search VersionTracker with "winmail.dat" you find this , which I have tried and it works.
     
  5. Mark James macrumors regular

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    Yep, 'TNEF's Enough' is the daddy.
     
  6. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    -Chip NoVaMac

    Let me guess, AOL is somewhere in the email server chain?

    Well, even if it is not, sometimes servers can garble attachments and what results is the win.dat, that you may, or may not be able to recover. Either way, the attachment is no longer in it's original form. I would recommend you zip and have zipped files between you and those you are attempting to communicate with to protect the native file from said garbling.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    > Let me guess, AOL is somewhere in the email server chain?

    Nope.

    Winmail.dat and TNEF attachments to emails occur when a Windows Outlook user sends rich-text formatted emails to a non-Windows recipient.

    If you correspond regularly with this person, call them up and ask them to edit your addresss in their address book to uncheck "Send Rich Text" and simply send you plain-text emails.

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  8. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

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    Thanks all. TNEF is what I was looking for. And a big thanks to CanadaRAM for the tip. I will pass that along.
     

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