EML-MSG File Format Conversion

This article covers EML-MSG conversion of standard format e-mail messages, using an EML convert to place e-mail messages in the Outlook-compatible .msg format.

MSG files – the format used for e-mails created or saved in Microsoft Outlook – are containers holding the main data for e-mail messages: date sent, sender, recipient, subject and body of the message. Using a mail message storage format in MS Outlook other than the standard .eml format can cause certain difficulties, such as when synchronizing your correspondence with other mail programs or importing individual mail messages into MS Outlook. For this reason it is necessary to perform an EML convert to convert EML to MSG format. The standard MS Outlook features do not provide for EML file support, which is why to perform the EML-MSG conversion to make them Outlook-compatible it is necessary to use special EML converter programs. These capabilities are part of the toolkit offered by the EML to PST Converter utility, which in addition to creating Outlook .pst files can serve as an EML converter.

In order to make use of the EML converter in eml2pst, check the box next to the “Convert Mode” option on the first page of the wizard. Next, choose the conversion mode in the drop-down list: for EML-MSG format conversion, use the “MSG – Outlook message” mode to convert your .eml files. On the second page of the wizard is a dialog window for indicating the directory with the saved EML files; if recursive searching is enabled, e-mails in internal subfolders will be found as well. The last page of the wizard allows you to view the list of found EML files and, when necessary, exclude some of them (by default, all files are processed). The program takes only a few seconds to process each file, so the results are produced very quickly. All of the message files that the program generates in the .msg format are saved in the directory where the original source files are located (the ones you are converting from EML to MSG). To perform further work on the .msg-formatted messages you have converted, you can move them using drag-and-drop into the necessary folder (Inbox, Outbox, Drafts, etc.) in MS Outlook.