How do I save a messages in text, NOT template or file?
I want to be able to save an email from outlook, gmail, Hotmail, or any other format as a plain text or rich text message. Several of my emails are readable by TB24, but the only option for saving them is the Template or file. This is fine for those messages already in the mailbox, but if I can read an archived message in TB format, I should be able to save it in the same fashion. I guess a converter plugin is needed or a tutorial on how to properly save emails from other formats. Ex I open a folder containing an email from a past Outlook acct, The email can be deciphered by TB24, (ie it opens it), but when I try to save it to file(which gives options for format), it doesn't respond to my request!! Am I not doing something correctly or does the TB24 program "block" that function because of it is not in the TB24 mailbox? Baffling and frustrating when try to find a particular message from numerous formats. Thanks to all those who know more than I about this.
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Your starting basis is flawed. Outlook can not save a message to a file that any other mail client can read. I might be cynical, but I doubt that is an accident.
When you "save as file" you save in the text based industry standard EML format. It is also the format of messages that are forwarded as attachments.
As far as I know all mail clients other than Outlook read and write EML files.
Matt thank you for the response. Maybe my explanation is flawed. If I can open a saved email (regardless of format, email client, etc) in Tb24, why does Tb24 NOT allow me to then save it as a file, template? All I'm trying to do is save previous emails into a text format that can be viewed when needed, such as for an IRS audit! hehe. Tb24 needs a conversion plugin to allow reading of any saved message and then to allow it to be saved to a simple text format. IN a perfect world. Proprietary license may be the root cause.
I dont know if those webemail service have the option to save in text file, but Thunderbird has, enter in email go to File >> Save as >> File then in the next window change the kind of the archive to Text Files then type the name of the email with .txt or .doc etc
For more than a single file to export, I use the [https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/importexporttools/ import export tools. ]
As for saving files with extensions that are not contained within them as suggested by Diego, I shudder. That very process is the root cause of most of the attachment malware getting opened, someone puts an extension on the end of a program file that makes it look like a doc file.
Again thanks for the responses. I tried the importexp[ort tool Matt suggested. Not sure that is the answer because it allows me to import a single message, but still wont allow the option of saving it as a file or template. I don't understand why TB24 can read (open) the message but denys the option of saving it as a template(don't need that) or as a file(from which I could select .txt). It seems bazaar to me and maybe I'm not doing something correctly. Maybe my settings are wrong.
I surrender. I have no idea what your trying to achieve.
File > save does exactly what you want as far as I can understand, you have been told that, even with pictures, showing the drop downs with TXT as an option. I said for multiple files I use the import export tools. But if you only select one file, them they will only act on one file.
When you save a document in word, do you mess around saving it as text in case you need to read it latter? Most of a save it and double click to open latter. What is wrong with that for email as well?
Matt you are a stellar assistant. Thank you again for the help. If I'm not doing something right, a pox on me. The bottom line is that I can open, read the messages. what the program is not allowing is the saving of the messages as a file ( where I could save it as a text message) or template ( which I don't quite understand the need for this). So with thunderbird as my default mail handler, I receive messages, open them, and at that point I can saved them as a differently formatted document. Old messages saved in a different, external folder, ones from say, outlook, gmail, windows live, can be read using TB24. when I have that message opened in TB24 window, it doesn't allow me to use the save as command. However, if a message came into my TB24 inbox, I open it, AND I can use the save as command from there. But not with an external email from a separate and distinct folder. Anyway, thanks loads for your attempt to help, it is appreciated. Kudos.
File|Save As|File then in the resulting dialogue, choose "text" file type when saving. Of course in doing so you lose all formatting and attachments.
How do you search and index messages when saved as independent and free-standing text files? I keep email correspondence within the email client specifically because the tools to manage and search are effective and efficient. In fact I occasionally email myself something that needs to be preserved simply because as email it is so easy and convenient to find and retrieve. Searching for text in documents in Windows has become a chore.
I'm not at all sure why you want to open email messages from other environments in Thunderbird, only to save them as text files. But have you tried "Edit As New" to see if that will offer other save options?
What format(s) are these other messages from outlook, gmail, windows live saved in then?
Don't forget simple old select all, copy and paste to save message content in any other document type.
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