Winmail.dat in entourage

If you run Entourage in Mac, you may on occasion receive an email with winmail.dat attachment.

This could be a bunch of attachments that have been combined into one file that your entourage cannot separate.

This is supposedly “a problem” resulting from settings in Outlook at the sender’s end. They are sending mail in rich text format, assuming that a Windows Email user is at the other end, and its sending the mail bundled into a TNEF format – which the Mac programs cannot read.

One option is to contact them and ask them to change the preferences on your entry in their address book to “plain text”

There’s a great little program called TNEF’s Enough that can extract the attachments for you.

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