Files with the MSG extension are used by the Microsoft Outlook email messages program. This program, by creating an MSG file, stores in it all the most important information regarding an email message , including subject, content, sender and receiver data, date, and also hyperlinks and attachments.
System generates an MSG files always in the moment when an email message is being stored or created in the Outlook program. However, the file can be generated also in other circumstances – not for an email message but for the special tabs in the Outlook program, such as schedule, contact or task. Of course, it appears after introducing changes to one of the above mentioned tabs.
MSG files can opened only by these programs which support the MAPI interface (Microsoft's Messaging Applications Programming Interface). It result from the fact that the MSG files are not stored in a simple text form, but in a binary format, therefore their import is a bit difficult. Exporting MSG files is possible mainly in order to archive them, store or scan with antivirus programs.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with MSG files, divided into 4 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with MSG extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MSG files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with MSG files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MSG files.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MSG files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Outlook or one to the listed programs: Aid4Mail, MsgViewer Pro, Pegasus Mail. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. If you want to download Microsoft Outlook installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.
If you already have Microsoft Outlook installed on your systems and MSG files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Outlook installed, it may not support MSG format. The most recent version of Microsoft Outlook is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.
If you have the latest version of Microsoft Outlook installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage MSG on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the MSG file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the MSG is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. MSG file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If the MSG file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the MSG file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Outlook Mail Message file.
The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support MSG files. Close all running programs and try opening the MSG file.
Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Outlook Mail Message files and ensure security of your device and operating system. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MSG files.
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