Many users need to save some messages a folder on their computer or a file server. While you can just drag and drop messages from Outlook to the file system, this method creates *.MSG files - these are Outlook message files and only Outlook can open them.
If you need to open the message on a computer without Outlook, you will need to save the messages in a universal format, such as Text, HTML, or PDF.
If you are using OWA, see OWA: Save Messages to My Documents
You can use the Save as command to save individual messages in Text or HTML format. To save multiple messages, you'll need to use VBA or a utility. See Tools for a list of utilities that can automate the process and save messages in a variety of formats. Several replicate your Outlook folder structure, which is handy if you are archiving the messages.
|File type||Options to Save|
|Msg||To save messages in native Outlook message format (.msg), you can drag the message to a folder on your hard drive or use the File, Save as menu. The macro at Save selected email message as .msg file automates this.|
|Text||You can save individual messages in Text format (.txt). When you select several messages, the only option is to save as text. This creates one long text file containing the selected messages. Macro to save as text|
|HTML||File, Save as will allow you to save HTML formatted messages as HTML pages. Outlook 2007/2010 include "support files" for HTML messages. See Save Message as HTML (and delete the folder) for the steps needed to delete the support files.MHT file type will save a single file that is viewed in a browser.|
|RTF||When the message is in RTF format, you can save it as a Word document. If it is not in RTF format, you can convert it to RTF format. We have a VBA macro at Save Messages as *.DOC File Type that (temporarily) converts all messages to RTF format and save them as doc files.|
|Adobe Acrobat can save messages in a "PDF package". The selected messages (and attachments, if any) are saved in one PDF. Each message is a separate page (or pages) and indexed in the PDF table of contents. It's pretty cool, but you need to own Acrobat.If you have a PDF printer installed, you can print to PDF. The result is not as nice as the PDF package, but it works. See Save Outlook email as a PDF for a macro to saved selected messages as PDF files.|
|Print to Electronic Image||You can print to any electronic format printer you have installed. In general, text in images is not searchable unless you have an OCR program installed that can search image documents.|
Tools in the Spotlight
File emails via eFiler Outlook toolbar into LAN and Cloud file systems (Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive and WebDAV for Sharepoint, ODB, Box, DriveHQ etc.) in msg format with definable filenames to keep within Mailbox size limits and archive emails securely. File into predicted folders, drag and drop or by eRules to automate repetitive filing. Mobile filing for iPhone, Android, OWA by IMAP. Fast indexing search to find and use saved emails as if still in Outlook. Autosave for offsite backup. For all Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016. Free 14 day trial.
Add support to Microsoft Outlook to save emails as PDF files. Automatically convert attachments of all kinds (120+ formats) to PDF documents. Combine emails and attachments to produce a one long PDF file along with table of contents and bookmarks that lets you jump from one email or attachment to another quickly. Use email metadata to name the PDF files saved from Outlook. Automate to save incoming emails and attachments as PDF files for business record keeping, legal discovery or simply for long term retention. Works with Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Office 365.
File emails from Outlook into project or client folders automatically. Match email addresses, project numbers, client names or references to a folder name located anywhere on your network. Watch as the bulk of your emails are automatically filed (ZERO clicks!) and finish the task with manual filing for emails that do not fall within the scope of a project or client folder. Organize filed emails into relevant sub-folders within your mailbox and auto purge dated email over time. Supports Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013 & 2016
HTML Email Archiver works with all types of Microsoft Outlook folders and archives Outlook items to HTML format or platform-dependent CHM format. This allows you to publish Microsoft Outlook folders on the Internet, or move data from Microsoft Outlook onto other software and hardware platforms, including mobile devices. These archives reproduce the structure of Microsoft Outlook folders, can contain messages or other elements in any language and with any types of attachments, support sorting by several criteria; search with advanced options.
Use PDF Converter app to save just about any documents, images, faxes, emails such as MSG and EML files or even compressed ZIP to PDF files, quickly in your Windows Explorer. The app is completely context menu driven, making it very easy to produce PDFs from your files or folder - in just a click. The converter automatically adds page number, customized header and footer information, table of contents and bookmarks to the resultant PDF file. Other advanced options include ability to combine multiple documents to one long PDF file, securing PDFs with password, security limitations, watermarks etc.
Archive Outlook data as individual files, preserving the Outlook folder structure.
Attachment Save for Exchange Server 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 automatically processes emails and attachments. Save or delete messages and attachments while messages are sent and received through Exchange server. Using Exchange attachment manager, you can block, remove, or save attachments. Provides a system of rules with conditions, actions and exceptions for processing incoming and outgoing messages and attached files. Attachment Save for Exchange consists of two components: Management Console and transport agents set on Exchange servers.
MailToFile for MS Outlook is the integrated solution for filing emails outside your Outlook application. You can store your emails directly into a customer or project folder, with only a few mouse clicks. An archived message doesn't change: it remains a regular email! You can easily open, reply and forward all messages. With MailToFile you always have all your digital correspondence filed together.
MessageExport for Outlook is an add-in that helps you get your email out of Outlook in particular way. MessageExport lets you save selected or new email messages to different formats, including PDF, EML, MSG, GIF, TIF, HTML, MHT, CSV, txt, and others. MessageExport can convert, name and save Outlook email in a single operation. Includes a timer function, so MessageExport can run every xx minutes to process new emails in a specific Outlook folder and save it in text format on a network folder.
MessageSave is an Outlook add-in for archiving and saving email messages. This powerful and intuitive plugin supports msg, txt, eml and mbox formats. It enables manual, rule-based and schedule-based operation. Use MessageSave to save e-mail messages for archiving, data retention, regulatory compliance, document management, backup, email sharing and exporting Outlook email to other mail clients, such as Mac Mail.app. Version 220.127.116.113.
Use MSG Exporter add-in for Outlook to automatically replicate your emails, appointments, tasks or contacts data in an external disk outside of Outlook as MSG files for document management, sharing or quick archival, backup, email retention or audit policy and much more. Designed to allow users and system administrators to save or archive old emails as MSG files in inexpensive local disk or network drive, it also provides support for automatic replication of MSG backup files from both incoming and outgoing email messages. A powerful and cost-effective alternative to installing and maintaining expensive server-based email archiving solutions.
Sperry Software is releasing their Save As PDF add-in for Outlook 2013 out of beta testing. This add-in converts emails to PDF files (including attachments). The add-in can convert emails, Word docs, Excel files, and many more formats with no PDF printer driver needed. This tool is for Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 and is now being released for Outlook 2013 (both 32-bit and 64-bit). In addition, several new features have been added like the ability to include the mailbox owner name and the ability to always include the attachments in raw format (instead of transcribing them into the PDF).
Sharepoint Upload is a command line freeware tool (with .NET source) that can extract e-mails from PST, Public Folders, and Exchange Mailboxes and place on a file system in MSG format (using Redemption). The extracted files are compatible to SharePoint naming conventions.
SWING Porter for Outlook lets you export email messages as PDF files. It natively integrates with Outlook, so you can select emails or entire folders, and convert them to PDFs with a single click. Save converted emails as separate PDF documents (using preconfigured naming conventions), or merge them into PDF binders or packages with embedded views. Use Porter for Outlook for email archiving, sharing, electronic records, closing binders, document management and more.
Use this timesaving add-in to save Outlook emails or any other items to PDF format for easy organization, storage, and access. Save and share Outlook items, preserving all images, graphics, links and more.
- Import Messages from File System into Outlook Folders
- OWA: Save Messages to My Documents
- Save a Message as HTML and Delete the (Annoying) Folder
- Save email message as text file
- Save Outlook Email as a PDF
- Save Selected Email Message as .msg File
- Saving All Messages to the Hard Drive Using VBA