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Windows 7: Emails in WIN Live Mail 2011not opening when saved to My Docs did bef

18 Aug 2016   #1

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Emails in WIN Live Mail 2011not opening when saved to My Docs did bef

Dear All,

I use Windows Live Mail 2011 no updates, as I like a client email program, worked fine, and saved emails to My docs and I could open the emails and read in original format..

Now I have discovered I cannot open any email saved to My Docs or desktop.

Found one in My Docs created 1/1/16 with the normal open envelope and that opens instantly.

The emails saved today to My Docs do not open as they did before.

After reading lots of forums..

Appeared to be a problem with extension ._eml or .eml

They thought the under score was the problem.

So in the email dragged to Desktop which looks like a blank envelope icon; the properties say

Type of file EML [ ._eml ] opens with Windows Shell commor [ spelt as seen] then box with change


I went to control panel / progs/ set default programs/ Win Live Mail/ choose defaults for this program

I t was on default.

So I selected all and saved. On front page came up saved my instruction. changed from default to my choice. [ which was same.]

In email on desktop after this change; properties came up with .

. _eml opens with Win Live Mail. NB underscore

The email on desktop icon instead of being blank or a open envelope has pretty 3coloured envelopes. But if you try to open email on desktop or in My Docs, just takes you to Live Mail in box.

I can still send and receive emails after the above change.

Is it a update that screwed it?

Any help appreciated

Regards Shalimar




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