Fixing Outlook MSG File Cannot be Read or Open

You might have come across errors where Outlook throws an error while trying to open or read the .msg files. The MSG is an extension for a single email message that is used by the MS Outlook and the Exchange Server. All your individual emails, tasks, notes etc. that are saved or created in your Outlook profile is stored in the MSG file. The Outlook’s .msg files work with various programs that utilize Microsoft’s MAPI (Messaging Applications Programming Interface).

Users create MSG files simply by dragging the email, contact info or tasks to the folder in the Windows file explorer. However, there are certain problems that can encounter with the .msg files in Outlook. It could be that MSG file turns corrupt or other MSG file errors that can make them unreadable or inaccessible.

There are wide reasons for MSG files to turn corrupt or damaged. Nonetheless, The MSG errors could be resolved using certain techniques.

Method 1

You need to rebuild the Outlook’s extract.dat file in order to solve Outlook MSG file cannot be read or open issue. Though the operation is safe, it is recommended that you backup your Outlook data. Once you have backed up all your essential Outlook files and data, continue with the steps given below-

  • Exit from Outlook application and all other programs open in your computer
  • Click on start menu and type dat (in  Named or All or Part of the File)
  • Ensure that all local hard drives are in the list
  • Go to Advanced Options and choose Include Subfolders option
  • As you find extend .dat file, right click on it and choose Rename
  • Now change the name to extend.old

Method 2

Remo Software is another well-known tool to deal with Outlook corruptions. If you are not able to open or view Outlook MSG files then run the Remo tool on your PC. It can securely bring back broken MSG file, Outlook PST, Sent Items, Tasks, Contacts, Calendars and other MS Outlook attributes. Launch the program on your computer- browse the Outlook folder location- choose a scan method – preview and save the recovered Outlook data.

In addition, the Remo Software utility works well with all Microsoft Outlook versions; on all the editions of Windows operating system.