How do I read archived mail?

There are several ways you can access and read mail stored in Aid4Mail ZIP archives. The best way is to use Aid4Mail filters to extract just the messages you require.

  1. Select your ZIP archive as the source mail.
  2. Set the filter options so that Aid4Mail finds the specific messages you want to view.
  3. Choose an appropriate target format. Select a temporary target folder if you plan to remove the exported messages after viewing.

An ideal target format is “MHT message files for viewing from Web browser” if you haven’t got too many messages in your selection and you don’t mind using Internet Explorer. Alternatively, you can export messages to the EML format; double-clicking on such a file in your file manager (e.g. Windows Explorer) will normally display the message in a new window created by a compatible email program (Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Thunderbird). Of course, you can also export all your archived mail to any of the supported mail programs.

If you are looking for an archived attachment, simply open your ZIP archive in Windows Explorer (requires Windows XP or more recent) or a ZIP utility (e.g. 7-Zip, WinZip). You will find attachments stored as regular files under Attach folder. If you are looking for pictures or other documents that were inserted in the email message, search the Embedded folder instead.

If you do not want to use Aid4Mail to extract messages from your ZIP archive, you can also simply extract the mbox files with Windows Explore or a ZIP utility, and then view them “raw” in a text editor or an mbox reader (mail client or utility).


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