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How to convert an MSG file to text

Updated April 17, 2017

The MSG file format is used by the mail program Microsoft Outlook. Though Outlook can easily open MSG files, the format is not supported by most other mail programs. To convert an MSG file to a plain text format, you'll need to use a specific program to convert it to the "EMl" format, and another program to convert the "EML" format to a "TXT" or plain text format.

Launch the MSG to EML software. Click "Add MSG file." Open the MSG file you want to convert.

Select "EML" as the conversion format.

Choose a location to save the file. Click "Export."

Open your EML conversion program.

Open the EML file that you just created. Choose "Export" from the menu.

Select "TXT" or "Plain text" as the conversion format.

Choose a location to save the file. Click "Export."

Things You'll Need

  • MSG to EML converter
  • EML to TXT converter
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Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., Chris Vladimeru has been writing since 2002. He specializes in DIY musical topics and has contributed to regional newspapers such as the "King's Page" and the "Daily Nexus." Vladimeru completed his Bachelor of Arts in music composition at UC Santa Barbara and is pursuing a Master of Music.