Open EML files in Windows

Contents
  1. There are several ways to open EML files on a Windows computer
  2. Manually opened EML files in Windows
  3. Change the default program to open EML files in Windows

There are several ways to open EML files on a Windows computer

Someone sent you a EML file you don’t know how to open? Do you have old EML files on your backup drive that need to be opened with a specific program? If you need to open an EML file on Windows, there are a few things you can try. You can either open your e-mail program first and then open the EML file, or you can change some setting on your computer so that double-clicking the EML file opens it in the program of your choice.

The instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Manually opened EML files in Windows

If you have more than one EML viewer installed on your computer and want to choose which program opens them, here’s how to open an EML file:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and locate the EML file you want to open.

  2. Right click on the EML file and select to open with

  3. Select mail or Windows Mail † The file will open in the Windows e-mail program.

Change the default program to open EML files in Windows

Windows gives you the option to choose which program will open an EML file when you double-click it. This method is useful if you always want to open the EML file in the same program.

  1. in field Windows Search enter default value

  2. Select Application Default Settings or Default programs

  3. Select Select default apps by type or Associate a file type with a program

  4. Select from the list of file types EML

  5. Choose from the list of programs mail or Windows Mail to set it as default.

There may be several programs on your computer that open EML files. For example, you can use Mozilla Thunderbird to open an EML file instead of a Windows email client.

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