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Have you ever received an email in your Mac Mail - one that is from a Windows computer user, but that you have found has an attachment you can't seem to open. These attachments are 'winmail.dat' or '.msg' files.
This will be because your message was sent from a Windows user and, as the article below states, 'sometimes Windows and Mac don't play well together'.
The article covers how you can get the person sending the emails to change a setting so that future emails get through without a hitch - for cases where you are able to ask that person to make this change.
However, sometimes its is not possible influence the format of the message from the sender.
You may find that you can 'secondary-click' on the attachment and choose Open As, then choose Text Edit from the long list of 'Other' apps.
The Text Edit version of the message will contain a lot of 'guff', but you will at least see the message text in amongst all that.
This, however, won't help if the Windows mail message perhaps had some attachments.
(Not sure what is meant by Secondary Click? This is covered in this iTandCoffee article:
Do you have 'right-click' enabled on your Mac?)
For cases where you need to open the attachment and view the contents in a better format, you will need to get an App.
Here are a couple in the Mac App Store that can assist with this:
TNEF’s Enough. This download is not from the App Store, so (depending on your security settings) you may not be able to get it. It gets lots of mentions in online forums, but haven’t tried it myself.
Personally, I would usually stick with an app downloaded from the Mac App Store.
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