DAT file convertion help

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  1. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I have a problem !!!! :Doh:

    I asked for my payslips to be sent via email as i now submit my weekly timesheet the same way so i dont need to visit our office, ever again :thumb:

    now the problem.....

    the office server sends email attachments as .DAT files and i cant open them :Sad:

    I've asked if the wages admin can send in another file format but the answer is a definite NO....I know she can but wont mess with the format.

    what i need is an easy way to convert these files to PDf or similar which i can open easily with Adobe, Excel starter 20 etc.

    i tried renaming the .DAT file as a PDF which works but adobe simply displays the DAT machine code

    looked online for free converters but the ones i can see are far to complicated for use just once a week.

    any help appreciated :thumb:
     
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    .dat files are normally data files, I would suggest asking what specific software is used to write these files, normally you then need the same software to read them. Its unlikely to be the mail server that created them, possibly whatever program they use for payroll??

    Just on the offchance that they are just general data files you could try opening with a text editor such as Notepad. Whilst its certainly worth a try its a bit of a longshot.

    Good luck!
     
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    Isn't there a law about providing payslips in a suitable format.

    I seem to remember being asked for payslips electronically and we had to meet certain requirements about human readability?
     
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    YES there is:thumb::thumb:...covered by the wages act...
     
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    tried the link but it still wont convert.
    I already tried that one but couldnt make any sense of it until now :RollEyes:

    Adobe reader 9.1, notepad and wordpad.......no luck, still only shows code.

    no offence Derek, and i appreciate the offer, but you aint seeing my payslip. :Eeek: :Rofl1:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    but this is a courtesy service, not the norm.

    we are issued with paper payslips.

    just an excuse on my part not to visit the office unless i really need to. :Doh:
     
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    Whoops sorry

    You said two but there is 3

    Did you see this one?

    http://www.biblet.freeserve.co.uk/
     
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    Are you using a Mac by any chance, or other non-Windows computer? I have this problem quite often - it is to do with the crap way in which Outlook formats messages so that only other Outlook compliant users can view them with guaranteed success. It can be overcome by getting the sender to modify their settings. It seems that there is little consistency in the problem either. I can get several e-mails with attachments from a sender without difficulty, then one appears from the same sender with the dreaded Winmail.dat.

    Read this knowledge article from the Microsoft website.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278061
     
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    Thanks Philip...very informative and will be pointed out to Shannell in the office....along with the fact pointed out by others that to provide the service officially they are going to have to alter the file format to enable all recipients to read the file.

    I'm using a windows based laptop running windows 7 premium.
     
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    This is a bit interesting to me because someone wants to send me a Windat file and I said errrr, what's that? - and he said like a zip file, just use windat like you would winzip to erm, un-dat it.

    No idea what to do with it frankly.
     
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    .dat files are NOT zip files - the dat refers to 'data' when the system has no idea what the related application should be - it is a generic file extension.

    If you are referring to Winmail.dat specifically, read the link in my earlier reply to PappaJ above.
    If the problem is .dat files generally, read this link:
    http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-open-dat-files/
     
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