We are telling you…warning you…there will come a day when Outlook Express has completely disappeared – but all those DBX files that it left behind might still be hanging around if you saved them. And if you’re using Outlook Express on Windows XP right now, you might want to save them – they contain all your emails and folders you know.
So what, you say? Here’s what, we say! If you don’t have Outlook Express those DBX files won’t mean a thing. They are Outlook Express database files and they contain all your Outlook Express messages. All those saved messages you’re just dying to read but won’t be able to as Windows moves away from Outlook Express – which is a shame and another story altogether
There are, as of now, more of you using Windows 7 than Windows XP. And those of you who still use XP will be making a switch in the next year or two – to Windows 7 or Windows 8. And Windows 8 won’t have Outlook Express or Windows Mail or any mail client. You’ll be using Windows Live Mail – or something else.
So, what’s a dyed-in-the-wool Outlook Express user going to do years from now when Outlook Express is a distant memory but all your memories and emails are stored in Outlook Express DBX files that you can’t read because you no longer have Outlook Express? We’re here to help you. Have no fear, Mail Viewer is here. If all your old email from Outlook Express is stored in DBX files and you don’t have Outlook Express installed, here’s what you’re going to see if you try to open a DBX file:
785898uyfuiaghulk/cc55tyvhui5g5gui3qweghruttry8t9y89y a”’l8988 8888= &&&—8 8888 *** ;ht9y bbna[y9ytgabb ggq; ttbna*&&*
If you can read that, you’re amazing. Most of us can’t. DBX files will be gibberish if you try to open them with anything else besides Outlook Express. But, now along comes Mail Viewer and that’s good news. When Outlook Express is totally gone, at least your old Outlook Express mail messages, stored as DBX files will be readable if you have installed Mail Viewer, that is.
Mail Viewer is a handy-dandy little program that lets you read Outlook Express DBX files – plain and simple. Maybe it doesn’t sound so interesting today, if you’re using Outlook Express, Future versions of Windows, won’t have Outlook Express. That’s when Mail Viewer will become very important. It would be a good thing to download now, it before you need it, than to wait until you need it and can’t find it – right? Plus it can read older .idx and .mbx files from Outlook Express 4 and 5 as well as .dbx files from Outlook Express 6. Sort of a program for all seasons! You can open up those old emails and copy them to a new email and save them again no matter what email program your future holds.
And the icing on the cake? Mail Viewer can open EML files too. Lots of those around you know.
Here’s what the author has to say. Luckily for you, unlike me, he’s a man of few words:
“Mail Viewer is a “Viewer for standalone files containing Microsoft Outlook Express 4,5 and 6 message database (*.idx/*.mbx/*.dbx) and standalone EML files. This application is based on MiTeC Outlook Express Reader. It displays list of contained messages and their header. Message can be viewed in detailed view including attachments (save ability) and HTML preview and printing. Messages can be saved to *.eml files. “
So, no more need to be said. If you don’t know what Mail Viewer does by now or why you need it, you probably won’t and probably don’t. Anyway, we thought it was so useful for the present and the future, we named Mail Viewer our Freeware Pick Of The Week. Go get it!
Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
964 KB Zip file
What is it? It’s an Outlook Express DBX (database folder) file viewer; an .EML viewer
Also reads Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail databases