Microsoft Outlook Express Viewer

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 2, 2008
Updated • Nov 29, 2012
Microsoft Outlook, Software, Windows software

Microsoft Outlook Express Viewer by MiTeC Software is a portable software that can read Outlook Express database files with the extension idx, mbx or dbx as well as standalone eml files. One could say that it is also possible to do the same with Microsoft Outlook and that the Outlook Express Viewer is not really needed for that. That's however only partially correct.

It is indeed possible to import those mail database files into email clients. It does not really have to be Microsoft Outlook, other email clients will work fine as well. The advantage of Outlook Express Viewer is that it is a portable software that can display the contents immediately.

Just point it at a email database file to load it into the software program. It is then possible to browse through the emails immediately. This procedure leaves no traces on the host system while an import in an installed email client would.

As you can see in the screenshot it is possible to view emails in an email client like environment and print messages on a printer. Attachments can be saved to the hard drive and emails can be exported into eml format which can be read by most email clients.

Outlook Express Viewer is working on all Microsoft operating systems since Windows 95 including Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Update: The program to import Outlook email data is no longer available. What you can do instead is to import the email database into a program like Mozilla Thunderbird, a desktop email client that is ideal for the task. There is a portable version of Thunderbird available that you can use for the purpose.

To import Outlook Express or Outlook emails into Thunderbird, use the Tools > Import menu to do just that. If that is not working, try the more general application Mailstore Home which supports every type of mail database that you throw at it.


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  1. Service Pack said on December 22, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Not again… Just stop… I know it’s for the clicks but if this doesn’t stop more and more people will stop visiting this site…

  2. Shania said on December 22, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    I woke up and wondered how to update outlook. Despite my considerable google-fu, I couldn’t find a way, nor could I find I way to do it from the software’s options.

    Then I had a vision, I felt a divine voice telling me to visit ghacks, find an article written by Shaun. “It’s a miracle” I said, as I followed Shaun’s post and now I have successfully updated my outlook.

    P.S. I don’t know how to update, Skype, Microsoft Edge, Word/Excel/Powerpoint and Defender. I seem to have forgotten how to update windows too. Please Shaun, make more and more tutorials for them too.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 23, 2022 at 10:11 am

      Hallelujah, it’s an early Christmas miracle! Ave Shaun, our saviour and messiah!

  3. Squeeze Pimmel said on December 22, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Regarding the author’s statement: “Almost everyone uses Microsoft Outlook”. Without proof, your arguments lack credibility and teeth, so where is the supporting evidence, to suggest that statement is truthful. It’s certainly not mentioned in any of the five randomised hyperlinks. That type of link stuffing, is destroying the brand.

  4. Herman said on December 22, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    WoW! Thanks for the very informative and detailed information on how to update outlook! I’ve been losing sleep hoping that somewhere, someday, someone would publish critical instructions like this so the milling throng of my users could be kept safe and secure while trying to recover from the Rackspace hosted exchange meltdown which, for the most part has made your beloved outlook – updated or not, basically useless.

    Uh Shaun? You do know that this most basic type of assistance is available all over the web and for the most part, the type of people that read this site may, just may know a wee bit more about subject matters like this and would not be turning here for this copy/paste advice.

    How long did it take you to research this article? Did you actually test this out on your own machine before posting? No, most people do NOT use outlook, at least not by choice and I would guess from actual field experience that most prefer the web-based gmail application as their primary source for email. Outlook is second, Thunderbird third and then various other third-party email programs after that but hey! Shaun, whatever you say! You’re the expert that was brought on to keep me informed on these matters.

    Feel free to copy/paste below this statement for your next article here. You don’t even need to site me for the credit! My holiday gift to you!

    Computer not working? Making your tummy upset? Press the on/off switch! Thats the little switch that powers the machine on and then off. Wait 30 seconds which can be assessed by looking at a clock be it digital or analog or by employing the classic 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi method. This is accomplished by repeating that small phrase thirty times but do it slowly so you don’t under estimate your actual timing which risks turning it back on too soon! Now, power it back up again. Power it back up means pressing the on/off switch back to on! It can’t be off since it was first on but then turned back to off so turning it back on again means pressing it from the off position, back to on!

    Everyone uses the on/off switch! You should too!

  5. yanta said on December 23, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Almost everyone uses Outlook?

    A more untrue statement has never been made. I suspect the number of people using Outlook is less than 10%, but I have no data to back that up. Of the hundreds of customers, family and friends who systems I maintain the is but ONE sole outlook user. And she is still on 2010 and refuses to update.

    She has almost 16,000 unread emails in her inbox. A junk mail OCD..

    For her real work emails she uses gmail, another bad choice.

  6. mikhoul said on December 23, 2022 at 1:42 am

    I never used Outlook and I work in computing field and I don’t know anybody that use it.

    On what planet do you live and also it’s a shame to use such clickbait wording.

    3 weeks ago I was reading Ghack each morning to have some useful information but since 2 weeks with the poor quality of the articles I look 2 times a week at most and today was 1 of this time and I decided it will be once a week since it’s enough for me.

    You bought a site for the traffic but are destroying it in a fast way since 2-3 weeks. I was opretty sure it will happen like it happen 99.9% of the time a big company acquire a smaller one only sadly to destroy it.

  7. Herman Cost said on December 23, 2022 at 3:09 am

    I also have had a technology focused career and, like most people, I do not use Outlook. Its one thing to be printing propaganda for Microsoft. It is another thing entirely to be printing utter falsehoods like “almost everyone uses Outlook” or (from another Shaun posting) “Most people have now switched to Microsoft Edge”.

    Ghacks worked hard to gain its user’s trust. This kind of nonsense will quickly erode it.

  8. VioletMoon said on December 23, 2022 at 3:31 am

    Email client market share breakdown:

    According to the latest data, as of August 2022, the two most used email clients in the world are Apple and Gmail. At 57.72%, Apple has the majority of the email client market share. It’s used by more than half of the world’s email users to send and receive emails.

    Now gHacks can be best known for the spread of misinformation.

    Poor Martin! All the years and work he’s put in to make a reputable blog destroyed in a few short weeks.

  9. Mark said on December 23, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Almost everyone uses Microsoft Outlook…. And Bing too. Google is going to shut down Gmail and Google search because almost everybody has switched to Outlook and Bing haha.

  10. Speciality Show said on December 23, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Fact: none of my close friends or family uses Microsoft Outlook, to the best of my knowledge. Perhaps: “Almost everyone uses Microsoft Outlook” was meant to say something like: “Almost everyone [at Softonic] uses Microsoft Outlook”?

    Or possibly the author’s above declaration was just copy-and-pasted from the ‘scrap of paper’ found within a Christmas cracker, i.e. a joke. It certainly reads like one…

    It’s not particularly helpful giving beginners such leading nonsense as “Almost everyone uses Microsoft Outlook” in a “tutorial advert”, for an email client, within a technology news blog. It reflects badly upon the website and damages its credibility. The author of the article perhaps should reconsider rewording their text; relating to Outlook’s popularity.

    Tell the truth, or someone will tell it for you.

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