path to outlook express folders and emails......

By AnswerMan ·
6.00.2800.1123 version Outlook Express 6

I used to have the actual path to the emails saved in various folders .... in an effort to take all of say, 2006 business emails from a certain customer, and back them to CD using either Nero or CDBurner....

Paged through countless paths and still couldn't find the path to the actual emails.

Why does MS have to make everything SO friggin hard? There should be functionality on the program itself, that allows you to backup and then delete the hundreds of emails that you may want to keep, but don't really need ON your machine at the present time.

Thanks in advance for your help


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Open OE and click on Files

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to path to outlook express f ...

Then scroll down to Export select E-Mail and then Select Selected Folders and you can then export them to wherever you wish. This way you can chose to just export one folder or several depending on your needs.


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Okay..... so I tried it.

by AnswerMan In reply to Open OE and click on File ...

Okay.... so I tried it. FILE | EXPORT | FOLDERS | SELECTED FOLDERS.......

The message says, "This will export selected folders to MS Outlook or MS Exchange.

It compacted and copied them all ........ SOMEWHERE.....

I have no idea where they are. I do not have MS Exchange, and there is no server on this system.... so now all my selected emails are copied to somewhere.

Question is, where? And then the question is "will I be able to choose that location with my backup software?"

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OK do a search for .DBX file

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Okay..... so I tried it.

There will be the normal place where they are located as per Chas's location and then you should find where you have Exported the files to .

As for backing up from Outlook Express MS has never thought this as Important because Outlook Express saves everything in 1 folder as the same file so you have to make different Folders for the different e-mails that you want to store like Company ABC and Company XYZ and then you'll have 1 .DBX file for each of those companies with no way to look at the Individual E-Mails.

Remember that IE and Outlook Express where just Tacked On to compete with Netscape and provided that they appeared to work that was all that was important. For them to work properly was an unnecessary Optional Extra that has never been looked at.


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OE Default Path

by TheChas In reply to path to outlook express f ...

Here is the default path for Outlook Express email files in Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Application Data\Identities\{a string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

There will be a .dbx file for each folder in the user has setup in OE. These may be hidden files.

The problem for what you want to do is that OE is not set up to allow you to extract just a list of emails. You might be able to do what you want with a utility called dbxtract. This program allows you to manipulate the contents of OE DBX files without opening OE.

Outlook is a different story as it stores everything in 1 .pst file.


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Thanks for your help.....

by AnswerMan In reply to OE Default Path

Thanks I'll look for dbxract.... but isn't it just mind-boggling that there is no utility designed by MS to do this right from within their own software?

Almost like the thought process was "Oh, people will never want to save emails"..


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