MSG file – What is it? How to open such file? Solutions to problems with MSG files

Unknown file extension can be a source of various problems. However, identifying the causes of problems with MSG files and addressing them isn’t necessary a complicated process. This article will describe 5 simple steps that will let you address problems with MSG files.

MSG File Extension

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  • File type Outlook Mail Message
  • File developer Microsoft
  • File category Text Files
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How to open MSG file?

Step 1. Find and download then install appropriate software

Typically in order to open .MSG files it is sufficient to follow these simple steps: find, download, and install appropriate software. Then, by double-clicking on the file icon, open the file. System should automatically associate MSG file with appropriate software. Below is the list of programs required to open files with MSG extension:

Programs that support MSG files

Step 2. Verify whether the MSG file is not infected with malware

If given file with MSG extension is not infected, it is possible that the antivirus software is blocking access to the file. User should take necessary precautions and follow the steps suggested by the system. After recovering or removing the infected file it is recommended to scan the entire system for viruses. Yo will have to acquire a new, clean version of MSG file.

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Be advised that you can always consult an IT expert for help. Some problems with MSG files can be hard to solve for less sophisticated users. Also, you can ask for help one of the developers of software that supports files with MSG extension. In order to do so, go to software’s subpage and search for software’s developer website address

Step 3. Verify whether the MSG files is complete, that is, was it downloaded properly

If the MSG file has not been downloaded properly it is not possible for the software to open such file. Check the file size in the location from where you downloaded the file in question. If the size of the original file differs from the size of downloaded MSG file, you will have to download the file again.

Step 4. Verify whether MSG files are associated with proper software

If the system registry has no entry related to default program that should be used to open MSG files, even though given program is installed on the system, then MSG files must be associated with the application in question.

Associating files with applications is performed similarly regardless of the type of system and consists in selecting an application which should be used for opening given type of files. In order to associate MSG files with given application, right-click the file icon and select form the context menu "Open with" option, which will display a list of suggested programs. Select your program from the list. If the application is not on the list, use the "Browse" button and point to the location of the application. Checking "Always use selected application to open this kind of files" option will set selected application as the default application for opening given files.

Step 5. Verify whether the storage medium on which the MSG files is stored is not damaged or corrupted

It is possible that the storage medium on which the file is located is damaged or corrupted. Try scanning the storage medium for errors.

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