Why does my Outlook change my attachments to .dat files???

Discussion in 'Microsoft Outlook Discussion' started by Guest, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I ran a test by explaining my problem in an email, attached an Excel file and
    sent it to a lot of people. They either got it fine, or they received a .dat
    file, or received no attachment at all! It doesn't matter what type of file
    it is, Word, Excel, Acrobat, jpg, etc. I'm running Outlook 2000 on Windows XP
    OS. This is driving me crazy. There is no rhyme or reason on who gets or
    doesn't get what. I've turned off my Nortons scanning email, thinking that
    was doing something to it. My husband is a techno-nerd and he doesn't have an
    answer. Help please.
     
    Guest, Jun 3, 2005
    #1
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  2. Don't send messages in rich text format. Change to Plain Text or HTML
    instead. You can do this in Tools, Options, Mail Format.

    Some email clients can't understand Rich Text format and when attachments
    are included, they tend to get converted to .dat files.

    --
    Patricia Cardoza
    Outlook MVP
    Author - Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
    Lead Author - Access 2003 VBA Programmer's Reference
    Author - Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft OneNote 2003

    http://blogs.officezealot.com/cardoza
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    "janeellen41" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I ran a test by explaining my problem in an email, attached an Excel file
    >and
    > sent it to a lot of people. They either got it fine, or they received a
    > .dat
    > file, or received no attachment at all! It doesn't matter what type of
    > file
    > it is, Word, Excel, Acrobat, jpg, etc. I'm running Outlook 2000 on Windows
    > XP
    > OS. This is driving me crazy. There is no rhyme or reason on who gets or
    > doesn't get what. I've turned off my Nortons scanning email, thinking that
    > was doing something to it. My husband is a techno-nerd and he doesn't have
    > an
    > answer. Help please.
     
    Patricia Cardoza [Outlook MVP], Jun 3, 2005
    #2

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