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Windows 7: Mozilla Thunderbird & Change File Type

08 Apr 2011   #11
Mike Connor

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Yes I am. I cut my teeth in DOS.
A batch file could accomplish the task, but it's not the direction I'm trying to go.

I'm really interested in finding and changing the file properties. Quickly and easily if possible.
That is what changing the extension does.

If you change the extension, you change the default properties. Instead of opening with Thunderbird as the default, the file opens with whatever is the default for the extension, or you can change the default program for the extension.

You can open .eml files in any text editor.





Changing the extension automatically modifies the properties. If you find various .eml files somewhere on your disc except in the Thunderbird folder, you can back them up immediately to wherever you like just by selecting them, and "save as".

If you don't want them to open in Thunderbird, just change the file extension to .txt, and you can open them in any text editor, or .html editor or whatever.

You can also specify what programs can open what by using ;

http://defaultprogramseditor.com/

Hmmm... after reading all this through again, I have either missed something, or I fear that for some reason I am unable to grasp what you want to do.

Regards....Mike Connor


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09 Apr 2011   #12
TVeblen

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Hey Mike. First, I want to thank you and Maguscreed for taking the time to look at this.

As I was preparing information for a better explaination of my issue I discovered something important.

Windows is throwing up this message ("Are you sure you want to copy this file without it's properties?") for ALL Thunderbird email (.eml) files, regardless of what "File Type" is chosen when it is saved. That was a red herring, sorry.

The best way to see what I am talking about is to do a test:
  • Open Thunderbird and choose an email
  • Right click the email > Save As
  • Save the file to a folder on your hard drive
  • Now cut or copy the eml file from that folder and try to paste it onto a USB thumb drive.
Do you get this message?:
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09 Apr 2011   #13
TVeblen

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And just to clarify further:

In my business there is a lot of email communication and most of it is of a contractual nature. So it is important that I can save and archive these communications for easy access at any time on any computer.

To do this I save the emails as files in the client's job folder, not in Thunderbird. Current projects are on the PC's hard disk but finished projects are archived (backed-up) to external media. Recent projects go on external drives, Archive projects go on DVD.

These "back-ups" are simple Copy & Paste operations, no third party programs or compressed files. This process should not to be confused with "Computer Backups" of my hard drive. That is another chore.

Normally I can Copy and Paste the files and folders to the external media and walk away to make coffee or whatever and when I come back the process has completed and I can move on.

But with this properties message popping up throughout the process it has chained me to the desk. I would love to find a solution.

Thanks guys
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09 Apr 2011   #14
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Hey Mike. First, I want to thank you and Maguscreed for taking the time to look at this.

As I was preparing information for a better explaination of my issue I discovered something important.

Windows is throwing up this message ("Are you sure you want to copy this file without it's properties?") for ALL Thunderbird email (.eml) files, regardless of what "File Type" is chosen when it is saved. That was a red herring, sorry.

The best way to see what I am talking about is to do a test:
  • Open Thunderbird and choose an email
  • Right click the email > Save As
  • Save the file to a folder on your hard drive
  • Now cut or copy the eml file from that folder and try to paste it onto a USB thumb drive.
Do you get this message?:
l

No, I don't get that message. I tried it half a dozen times with up to a hundred files, copied them from the Thunderbird folder to a test-folder, then copied them from there to a USB drive, and it just copies them to my USB drive without any messages at all. EDIT: Have now tried it on three separate machines, same result!

I tried a few other things as well, no matter what I do, I don't get that message. In point of fact, I have never seen that message before on any machine. I can only conclude that you have some e-mails with some sort of "special" properties, or some other error. The message says that it can not copy to the location chosen, so maybe the location you have chosen has properties which prevent the file being copied there automatically and it is not the file properties as such which are preventing the copy?

Regards....Mike Connor
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09 Apr 2011   #15
TVeblen

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Thanks for checking that Mike. It is "good" to know that the issue is confined to my machine and not a global problem with Thunderbird or Windows in general. I will try some more things on this end.

Thing is, the files do copy (when I say Yes) and do open normally with the correct association. And it does this on various drives. Strange.
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09 Apr 2011   #16
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

one thing just occurred to me, are all the drives involved in this equation formatted ntfs?
(this can be checked by right clicking the drive icon and choosing properties in my computer)
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09 Apr 2011   #17
TVeblen

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Mike- Are the external drives you are copying the eml files to all formatted NTFS?

I found this on VistaForums:
Re: Are you sure you want to copy this file without it's properties?

"The message indicates that the file system on the external drive is not
NTFS and doesn't support all of the meta data for the file that NTFS
has. An example of this would be your any permissions, security
attributes or encryption that may have been applied to the file.
--
Tom Porterfield"

My thumb drives are FAT32. It could be it!
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09 Apr 2011   #18
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

You can format them to ntfs, the only drawback will be compatibility with mac
all my flash drives are formatted ntfs.
I'm kind of embarrassed I just posted that without looking above, but it just came to me out of nowhere,
I'm sure it's safe to say it is the source of your issue.
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09 Apr 2011   #19
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Mac? Who's Mac?

Yes, I'm feeling pretty sure that's it. I've got to move some files around before I test it, and that's going to be later - because it's drinking time here now!

Thanks for looking guys. I'd rep you both but I've got to spread some love around.
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09 Apr 2011   #20
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 


Thanks for looking guys. I'd rep you both but I've got to spread some love around.



Yes, all formatted NTFS. Looks like you found the problem!

I don't care about rep, and apropos of "Mac", mine's a Macallan

Macallan - Scotch malt whisky distillery profile

Regards....Mike Connor

( also often referred to as "Mac", due to my initials, not to my propensity for imbibing Scotch! At least I hope so!!! : ) )
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