File Type 1 Generic IconData File
File Format Standard
Usage Open manually; may be referenced by an application
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Popular

A DAT file is a generic data file. It contains data that may be opened or referenced by a specific application. While some DAT files can be opened directly, most contain program data that is referenced the program when it is running. Therefore, most DAT files are not meant to be opened manually.

Since ".dat" is a generic extension, it may be used by multiple programs. This can make it difficult to know how to open a DAT file. However, if the DAT file is saved in a text format, you can view the contents of the file by opening it in a text editor.

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Published November 11, 2009
File Type 2 Exchange E-mail Attachment IconExchange E-mail Attachment
File Format Proprietary (Microsoft)
Usage Referenced by an application; not meant to be opened manually
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆  Common

Files named Winmail.dat contain formatting information for Rich Text (.RTF) messages sent from a Microsoft Exchange Server. A Winmail.dat file may be appended to the end of an e-mail when the recipient's e-mail client does not support RTF-formatted messages.

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IconMicrosoft Outlook

IconEncryptomatic Message Viewer Lite

IconTraction WinMail Decoder Pro

Published May 13, 2009
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