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How to open EML files?

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EML files, as you can probably guess, are mail message files used to store email messages. These files are often called E-mail message files and are used by Outlook or similar email clients. They contain an entire email, including attachments. 

It’s important not to confuse these files with EMLX, their macOS counterpart. While EMLX files also save email messages, they store just the message in plain text, while EML files can store an entire email, attachments included.

You can easily convert the two for use with different email programs, however. In this article, we’re going over how you can open EML files and change the default program that deals with EML files.

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How to open EML files manually?

If you have multiple email clients on your PC, here’s how you can manually open an EML file with whichever client you want. 

Step 1: Navigate to the directory where your file is saved. 

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Step 2: Right-click on the file and select Open With. You can pick your client of choice here. 

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How to change the default app for EML files?

If you want to permanently change what program deals with EML files on your PC. Follow these steps.

Step 1; Press the Windows key and search for Default apps. Click the corresponding search result.

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Step 2: Click the Choose Default Apps by Type option.

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Step 3; Scroll down to find .elm and select the email client you want. 

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Keep in mind that there are several programs you can choose from when it comes to picking an email client. You’re not just locked into using Outlook, Mail or Windows Mail. 

You’ve got Spike, Mozilla Thunderbird, em Client, Postbox, and many other email clients to choose from according to your preferences.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: