OLEXP: Cannot View Embedded Objects or .rtf, .etf, .dat Attachments

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When you attempt to view a message that contains Rich Text Format (RTF) or Enriched Text Format (ETF) text, the text may not be visible or it may appear as an attachment. RTF information encapsulated in a Winmail.dat file may appear as a .dat attachment, or may not be visible. You cannot see embedded objects in the message, although you can see file attachments.


Outlook Express does not support .rtf files, .etf files, Winmail.dat files, or embedded objects in messages. Outlook Express cannot display RTF or ETF text.


To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:

  • Request that messages with RTF and ETF text be sent as attachments.
  • Request that messages be sent with standard formatting.


Microsoft Exchange supports and uses RTF. Messages sent to Microsoft Mail recipients have the RTF information encapsulated in a Winmail.dat attachment file.


Article ID: 166439 - Last Review: November 21, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0
  • Microsoft Outlook Express 4.0
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