MSG Viewer

MSG Viewer

MSG Viewer is a portable viewer and file manager for Microsoft Outlook .msg and Outlook Express .eml messages. View, search, organize and print email messages without Outlook.

MSG Viewer does not require MAPI or Microsoft Outlook to be installed on the target computer.

Don't have Outlook installed on your PC but have to open MSG file?

Do not worry, just download MSG Viewer and open the file instantly. The utility is capable of displaying the emails with original formatting, whether it's html, plain text, or rich text. Also extracts or opens file attachments.

When the MSG Viewer opens, you'll think you're looking at your email program! All of your email files is present.

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The application can function in multiple instances, thus enabling you to view different emails simultaneously. If you want to view several emails at once in separate windows, select several messages and click "Selected Items" from the View tab on the menu.

Numerous messages can be selected using the standard ctrl-left click and shift-left click commands.

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MSG Viewer makes it easy to access file attachments in .msg and .eml files. By clicking on the attachment in MSG Viewer, users can run the attachment in its native application (i/e open a .zip file in WinZip, or .pdf file in Adobe Reader).

MSG Viewer also lets you save any attachments that are on your emails. Select the email of your choice that has an attachment you wish to save, and select "Save Attachments" from the "File" menu button.

Search Function

Having all of your email available isn't really worthwhile if you can't find what you want. Fortunately, MSG Viewer has a great search function. MSG Viewer lets you search a directory of .msg and .eml files to find email files that match your search criteria.

Select "Find" under the "Tools" menu selection to bring up the search box. Setup the search options.

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Enter the information you want in the search box and click. In the example used below, [email protected], was used in the search field.

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After the search is performed, only matching entries are displayed.

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Select "Clear" to clear the search results and show the contents of the entire folder.

Advanced Search

To enable advanced search select "Enable boolean search". Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using the words AND, OR and NOT to limit, widen, or define your search.

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Boolean Search Operators

  • The Boolean search operator AND is equal to the "&" symbol.
  • The Boolean search operator OR is equal to the "|" symbol.
  • The Boolean search operator NOT is equal to the "!" symbol.


Using AND narows a search by combining terms; it will retrieve emails that use both the search terms you specify, as in this example:

  • July & Discount

Using OR broadens a search to include results that contain either of the words you type in.

  • July | August

Using NOT will narrow a search by excluding certain search terms.

  • !July

You can always combine multiple search strategies to focus your search to ensure that you find just the emails you want. Here are some examples of more complex searches.

  • (July | August) & Discount
  • July & (!Discount)

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