Diffrent types of MSG files


  • Hi there,

    It seems that we have 2 types of MSG file:

    1. One is that we can edit directly to the file. It is the MSG file that saved to local from Draft Folder

    2. One is that we just view by default and if we wanna edit, have to select Action > Edit. (It is an saved outlook item from Inbox for example)

    And now I am trying to find where inside those MSG files to make them different. Because I wanna try to modify the type of old one to the second one.

    Anybody can help?

    • Edited by Kzb Monday, August 17, 2015 8:05 AM
    Monday, August 17, 2015 8:04 AM

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  • Hi,

    If you really want to see the details of MSG File then i really recommend you to use a tool that can open MSG Files. 

    Generally MSG Files can be Opened using Outlook Application.

    For More Details: 

    You can use this tool to view MSG File.

    Click here to View Details:

    Have Fun!


    Max Persian

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    Friday, November 10, 2017 11:14 AM
  • Outlook recognizes drafts by the MAPI PR_MESSAGE_FLAGS property. But you can't set this property for already saved messages. One of the ways you can convert first (editable) MSG to second (readonly) MSG is to convert MSG to EML and then back EML to MSG. You can use free Convert MSG to EML and Convert EML to MSG utilities to do that. After this double conversion the resulting MSG will be of the second type.

    Alexey Kuznetsov, Outlook MVP
    More than 130 free add-ins for Outlook

    Friday, November 10, 2017 3:22 PM