dbx files. How to open?


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bm

I wanted to look at a dbx file and do not now what programme is associated
with it in order to open the file?
Blair
 
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Brian A.

bm said:
I wanted to look at a dbx file and do not now what programme is associated with
it in order to open the file?
Blair
http://www.insideoe.com/files/store.htm#userfiles

If you want to see/read/save any messages without using OE:
http://www.mitec.cz/mailview.html

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Brian A. Sesko
Conflicts start where information lacks.
http://basconotw.mvps.org/

Suggested posting do's/don'ts: http://members.shaw.ca/dts-l/goodpost.htm
How to ask a question: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555375
 
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Patrick Keenan

bm said:
I wanted to look at a dbx file and do not now what programme is associated
with it in order to open the file?
Blair
These are generally Outlook Express mail folder files, though there may be
some older exceptions.

However, you can't just open a dbx file in Outlook Express, because there
has to be an entry for it in the folder index file, 'folders.dbx'.
Fortunately this isn't that hard to arrange.

Assuming the name of 'test.dbx', this would be a process for viewing the
contents:

1. Open OE to a working identity, and create a folder named 'test'.
2. Go to Tools, Options, and on the Maintenance tab click Store Folder.
3. Highlight the folder name and path that appears, and press control+C.
4. Close Outlook Express.
5. Go to Start, Run, and press control+V to paste in the path to the store
folder. Press Enter.
6. Locate the 'test.dbx' file, and rename it - perhaps 'xtest.dbx'.
7. Copy in the 'test.dbx' file you want to view.
8. Restart OE. You should be able to view the contents of the 'test'
folder.

HTH
-pk
 
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bm

I thought this was an easy solution but it does not work with me. All I get
is meaningless characters
Blair
 
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Bruce Hagen

bm said:
I wanted to look at a dbx file and do not now what programme is
associated with it in order to open the file?
Blair

That is an Outlook Express file for a folder. If it is 167KB or less, it
is empty. If the size is larger and you want to see the messages, import
it into Outlook Express.

How to restore individual dbx files:
http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#imp1
 
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BR549

bm said:
I thought this was an easy solution but it does not work with me. All I get
is meaningless characters
Blair
That's because the "Unknown" poster has no idea what a dbx file is. Like
the others have said, dbx files are the mail folders from Outlook Express.
 
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Unknown

You make erroneous assumptions. I know what a .dbx file is. Also, if you go
to control panel--file types--and scroll to
dbx it will state the file can be opened with notepad if it isn't too big of
course.
 
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bm

I still cannot open a dbx file with notepad and I've selected files which
are only 175KB
At least it does open but consists of an odd selection of characters
Blair
 
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Shenan Stanley

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I still cannot open a dbx file with notepad and I've selected files
which are only 175KB
At least it does open but consists of an odd selection of characters
You can open all sorts of files (including executables) with notepad.
Doesn't mean they are going to look like you expect them to. ;-)
 
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bm

Shenan Stanley said:
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You can open all sorts of files (including executables) with notepad.
Doesn't mean they are going to look like you expect them to. ;-)
Now I understand!! I wonder if others understand as well.
All I want to do is check occasionally that my backup is working correctly
by looking at a backup file.
Perhaps I should restore a file to check!
Blair
 
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djfixxx

I wanted to look at a dbx file and do not now what programme is associated
with it in order to open the file?
Blair
Get a copy of Foxpro
 
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In Windows 7, there are no programs that can open or view your file dbx. You can Download and install Windows Live Mail and Import Outlook Express data. Further Export the data from Windows Live Mail to Outlook.
You need to import the .dbx files and open them as e-mails or open them with an application such as the following DBX Viewer Tool: http://www.dbx.viewertool.com/


Here is a good discussion which should help: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/93c2a454-1c95-410d-8d83-d15020745f51/how-to-open-dbx-file?forum=officeitproprevious


Ask issue and discussed your problem, you can: http://www.filerepairforum.com/forum/microsoft/microsoft-aa/outlook-express
 

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