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How to open EML files?

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Microsoft Outlook is one of the oldest email client software that started shipping with Windows in the Office 97 bundle. Since then the email client has come a long way in both functionality, application and cross-platform availability. Currently, Outlook can run not only on Windows but also Mac, Android and iOS as well as can be accessed online. If you keep busy all day and don't have long to reply to every email, it makes sense to automate some of the tasks in your workflow that are bound to remain the same and feel like a repetition every time you've to perform them. One such thing in emails is your signature that goes at the end of your email and will remain the same in most cases.  Similar to several other services, Outlook comes with a default signature setup, which is something generic that you're unlikely to include in your emails as signing off with style is important. In this article, we're going to walk you through changing your signature in Outlook on the PC as well as mobile app. How to change signature in Outlook on PC? Open the Outlook app on PC and follow the steps below. These might also work on Outlook live. Step 1: Click on the File option at the top-left of the app window.Step 2: Click on Options from the left-sidebar menu.Step 3: A dialogue box will pop-up on the screen .Click on Mail from the left-sidebar menu and then click on the Signatures... button beside Create or modify signatures for messages under Compose messages sub-heading. Step 4: Either click on the New button to create a new signature for your emails or select and edit an existing one. Then type the new or modified signature in the Edit signature text box below. Click on the OK button to save the changes. Make sure to choose the correct email account for the respective signature if you have more than one email address configured on your Outlook app.  Also read: 7 tips and tricks that will make your Edge (Chromium) experience better How to change signature in Outlook on the mobile app? Launch the Outlook app on your smartphone and follow the steps mentioned below.  Tap on the three horizontal bar (hamburger) menu icon at the top-left of the display. Then tap on the Settings (gear) icon at the bottom-left on the next page. Then tap on Signature under Mail sub-heading with the default app signature below. On the next page, edit the Signature and then tap on the tick-mark icon at the top-right of the display. The new signature will be saved, and you'll see the change reflected under the Signature option. The same steps should also work on Outlook for iOS. Let us know in the comments below if they don't. Also read: How to setup a Gmail account?

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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Also read: What does Lock the Taskbar mean on Windows 10?

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.

Also read: How to automatically delete files from recycle bin in Windows 10?


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: