Saving a Message with sound in Outlook Express

Old 07-16-02, 07:01 AM
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Saving a Message with sound in Outlook Express

Hi, I have Windows Me, and Outlook 5.5.
Is there a way to save an e-mail message that has a colored background, pictures, and sound to a folder in My Documents without the forwarded names in the header that came with the e-mail. Thanks, Jay
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Simplest: >File >Save As "Html Files"
Old 07-16-02, 04:53 PM
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Thanks for the reply. I tried it, and only the colored background and the text transfered. The pictures and sound didn't. What can I do? Jay
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O.K., simple didn't work! If you want it your way, you need to learn how to hack! (A.K.A. "how to help yourself").

Hacking 101:
Hacking is adulteration. It may be benign, malicious, or any variant between. Windows exists, because of hacking. Edit a document, and you are hacking the content. Change the use, interpretation..., on down the line, and you are hacking. Hacking is reinstated as the proud tradition it once was.

Instead of summarizing "how to"..., "give you a fish", this is a beginning fishing lesson. The black and white, step by step, fashion is deliberate. Other readers may need this for cognition, so don't be offended.

The tool of choice: the MSDOS edit program. If you hate DOS, or fear it, get over it!

Among edits advantages: Standard and binary mode. In binary mode the number of columns may be specified, from 1 to 1024. Up to nine files may be loaded for viewing/editing in a single session. Read only files may be loaded for viewing. It supports the use of wildcard filename characters (* ?). In a WinDOS session it's mouse enabled. And, the list goes on.... One disadvantage: file size in bytes is limited. When a large file is loaded, edit displays the message: "this file..." "you be able to see..."

To start edit in WinDOS type: edit [then press enter].
load file(s):
edit filename.ext - current drive and folder

edit dr:\path\filename.ext - any drive:\folder path\filename from any other drive\folder path (a.k.a. "cross drive operation")

edit filename.ab? - single or multiple files [up to nine] with a filename extension matching "AB" + any character.

edit filename.a* - single or multiple files [up to nine] with a filename extension matching "A" + any other characters.

Specifying Drive:\Folder Path\Filename.ext is a necessity for cross drive operations. Never-the-less, the same type of specification may be applied to the current drive also.

From any folder on drive C:, if C:\Folder Path\filename.ext is specified, that file is the target. The action taken, depends on the filenames extension [executable or not], wether it's DOS or Windows program, if the file is being acted on by a program such as edit, and any additional parameters [information] supplied.

Current Drive(?), Current folder(?), Filename? Stand on one foot! The current drive (the one in use, and pointed to internally) is the current drive. The current folder is the one being accessed (the working folder). A filename is a text representation of a binary number that refers to a unique starting location on a storage device, and in some cases a memory location.

Delimiter: \ The backslash character delimits each element in a full filepathspec. (ie: C:\WINDOWS\WIN.INI , C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\*.EXE). In relative pathspecs it delimits each folder and the filename WINDOWs\WIN.INI

The drive letter is the only element that requires addition of a colon. Wildcard characters (* and ?) stand for any single character or multiple characters (*)and any single character (?) in a filename or a filename extension.

To use longfilesname with spaces or other special characters within the specification enclose the entry within a pair of double quotes. "c:\my documents\*.eml"

Enter a DOS command: dir The command search: the first match!, starting with command.coms' own internal command list, the current folder for a filename matching the entry, and with a (.COM .EXE or .BAT) or filename extension. Then a search of each folder in the PATH Environment
Variable [repeating the search actions for the current folder].

In Windows these operations are handled seemly transparently, however, many DOS assumptions are still used in the Windows platform. Create a shortcut! Drive:\folder path\filename.ext are required elements. Grandpappies genes live on.

If you think that Grandpappy is dead, because Mircosoft said so, you're wrong. IBM and others have a strong cliental, with over 100 million users World wide. Granted, from Win95 onward the DOS in Windows is an emulation. But, if others can learn to use DOS, you can too. Resistance is futile! Create that shortcut... you're using DOS assumptions.

[Working smarter]
Who wants to hunt down the shortcut to the MSDOS prompt, and then enter long slurppy folder paths and filenames? The Windows Run Command box is akin to a DOS Command Line on steroids.

As of Win95 DOS Environment Variables are replaceable on the DOS Command Line. WinDOS: type %comspec%. When enter is pressed it's replaced with the corresponding string value specified in Environment. [typically C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM]. To view Environment Variables launch WinDOS, type SET, press enter.

Windows relies on Environment Variables also. Because Windows is a twisted sole, use of Environment Variables in the Run Command box is "with a twist".

Type %comspec% in the Run box. Click O.K. The DOS box ran and then exited. To enforce this version of "DOS" to run add the /k switch to %comspec% [%comspec% /k ]. "C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP" the current folder. Neat hugh! An advantage of this DOS box over other WinDOS sessions: it can be closed with a mouse click. Want access to the C:\WINDOWS folder(?), enter: %windir% Note the ominous warning that isn't present in Windows Explorer. Click "Show files".

Now launch the edit program: %comspec% /k edit Why did edit load without specifying drive:\folder path\edit Because is located in one of the folders specified in the PATH Environment Variable, and .COM files are executable.

Can the PATH be modified? Yes! In fact, when multiple WinDOS sessions are launched the PATH in each session can be customized.
Sample: PATH=%path%;A:\
Adds the root folder of drive a; to the path.
Sample: PATH=%path%;G:\
Would add the root folder of your CD-ROM drive, if the CD-ROM drive letter is G:

[Using edit]
Launch edit: %comspec% /k edit
Closing the DOS box when edit is running: with two exceptions [that I know of] this box can be closed at anytime with a mouse click in the same manner as a Windows program. This applies even when a files are being viewed. The exceptions are: (1) when one of edits menu functions is displayed (2)when a file has been altered, but not saved to disk.

Mouse navigation (yucky rodent, but this is today). Click File >Open. In the right middle pane (under Directories [Folder] in todays world) you should see two dots .. then drive letters listed under them. The dots .. refer to the root folder of any drive. Double click them. "C:\" should be displayed in the upper left region. Now displayed: the dots .., folders from C:\, scroll down [drag the white region at the right] and there are the drive letters.

Double click any folder to make it the current folder.
Double click any drive letter to make it the current drive.
Double click the dots to goto the root folder of the current drive.

Files in the current folder are listed in the left pane.
Files with the System Attribute set are not shown.
Double click a file to open it.

This is not a recommended procedure for novices, however, edit will open files with the system attribute set. To do so either the full path [the "filepathspec"] to the file, or the relative path [the file exists in the current folder - enter filename.ext] must be entered in the "File Name" title bar. For its size, edit is a powerful program. Access to any disk file on any drive,[standard or binary view], with a single program. DO NOT open files with the system attribute set or executable files, unless you know exactly what you're doing. This is your only warning.

Explore the remainder of edits menu options on your own.

Now your problem: editing *.eml files to remove unwanted recipient listings. Fact: you must save the file from Outlook as *.eml. The other choice, HTML, failed. because the HTML coding referred to locations inaccessible on or from your computer. Fact: to fully automate the process would require an executable file capable of converting formats. Fact: if the HTML coding refers to remote locations (ie: necessary sound or image files are not saved to disk, or an existing file is corrupt or deleted) you're wasting your time. Fact: you can modified Outlooks viewpoint, yourself, with edit. Hack, suffer, enlist someone to write a program for you. It's your choice.

Launch edit. Goto root folder, then My Documents. Open an *.eml file. From the beginning of the file right up to "MIME-Version: 1.0" highlight the text with the mouse; then click the edit menu. Click cut. You're done. DO NOT remove "MIME-Version: 1.0". Save the changed file, then launch it. Outlook will open it. You'll be spared viewing recipients when the file is opened. The "Original recipient" cannot be removed unless you edit the html coding directly.

BTW, holding the shift key and then pressing the down arrow key serves the same function as the mouse. And, Ctrl + X cuts the text. Alt + highlighted letter accesses a menu function.

Relying solely on the Windows GUI is like running a V8 engine on four cylinders or cutting off one hand. Shove a stick in your eye, why don't you. If Microsoft thought DOS assumptions too difficult for the masses, everything would have and icon [including text].

Got your wings? Then fly! Else, one of the nice doctors here will put a splint on your leg and give you a crutch.

Well, that shot six months worth of nickels.

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