How to open winmail.dat

Written by diana braun
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When Microsoft Outlook is not properly configured, attachments may sometimes be sent in the format of winmail.dat. This is a binary file format that can only be read by Microsoft Outlook and is basically useless to other applications. With a simple and free online service such as, users can upload their .dat files, have the information and attachments extracted, download the resulting files, and open and view them.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Winmail.dat

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  1. 1

    Open a Web browser and navigate to

  2. 2

    Click the "Browse" button and select the winmail.dat file.

  3. 3

    Click the "Send file" button to upload the file.

  4. 4

    Click on the "Results" tab to download the contents of the winmail.dat file.

Tips and warnings

  • The maximum size of your winmail.dat file cannot exceed 5 MB.

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