How do I open an MSG file on my PC?

Robert S August 6, 2013
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How do I open and view MSG files on my Windows PC? I know it’s an email format. I do not need to reply or anything, just to check what is inside.

  1. Lisa O
    August 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Based on my experiences, notepad and its replacements are extremely versatile. Try open the file using notepad. You may not be able to see pictures and other attachments, and some header texts may appear garbled, but you *might* be able to view the message! Suitable as on-the-go option.
    Disclaimer: Tested this with another email archive format, but not MSG file. Still, worth a try, I think.

  2. ??????? G
    August 7, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Get the free MSG viewer http://www.coolutils.com/MailViewer on your PC, launch it and view MSG files, no Outlook required. Free and easy.

    • Robert S
      August 7, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Thank you, I will go with this msg viewer. Thank you all for the answers!

  3. Hovsep A
    August 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    [MS-OXMSG]: Outlook Item (.msg) File Format
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc463912(v=exchg.80).aspx

    How to Open MSG Files
    http://www.wikihow.com/Open-MSG-Files

    you can convert to pdf
    Online Mail Converter
    http://www.coolutils.com/Online-Mail-Converter.php

  4. Oron Joffe
    August 6, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    If these MSG files are MS Outlook messages, then you should be able to open them in Outlook simply by double clicking.
    Obviously, if you don't have Outlook on that machine then you won't be able to open them, but if you DO have Outlook and double clicking does not open them, then you will need to re-associate Outlook with the .msg extension. To do this (in Windows 7, the process is very similar in other versions of Windows):
    1. RIGHT-click the message you want to open and choose "Open with..."
    2. If Outlook is listed in the window, select it. If not, click on [Browse] and find the outlook.exe file (see note below), and click [Open]
    3. Make sure that "Always choose the selected program to open this file" is ticked and click [OK].
    The message should open, and in the future you should be able to open other messages just by double clicking on them.

    • Robert S
      August 7, 2013 at 6:32 am

      I didn't make it clear: how do I open MSG files *without* Outlook.

    • Oron Joffe
      August 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

      Oh, in that case, you can use an online converter. You'll find a list of such converters at http://www.coolutils.com/Online-Mail-Converter.php . There are also some offline converters (i.e. ones which will run on your PC), which are probably better for converting large quantities of messages, but from what I can see, they call cost money. You can google "MSG converter" to find them.

    • Robert S
      August 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Oron! You saved my day.

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