Article ID: 130321 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q130321
Microsoft Mail for PC Networks attachments that are sent from simple Messaging Application Program Interface (MAPI) applications should retain the three letter file name extension as described in the Microsoft Windows 3.x registry database. If the three letter file name extension is not maintained, the application will not be launched correctly by accessing the icon associated with the object in the Microsoft Mail for Windows. Examples of these extensions include .DOC (Word documents), .WKS (Excel worksheet), and .WRI (Write document).
If the three letter file name extension is not maintained in the code for the MapiFile.FileName field (for Microsoft Visual Basic) in the MapiFile structure, the following error will be returned from the Windows client:
This error will occur even if Mail appears to display the application's icon that the file belongs to correctly. This information will appear correctly because the information for the icon object is in the system attachment WINMAIL.DAT. However, Mail does not use WINMAIL.DAT to launch the application associated with the file. Instead, Mail uses the standard associations found in the Windows 3.x registry database.
No application is associated with the attached file FILENAME.EXT.
Use the File Manager to create an association.
NOTE: MapiFileDesc is the equivalence of MapiFile in C.
Article ID: 130321 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
Contact us for more help
Connect with Answer Desk for expert help.