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Convert MBOX to DOCX

Convert MBOX to DOCX
MBOX to DOCX converter. Extracts emails from MBOX to Microsoft Word DOCX format retaining folder structure. Downloads external images, saves attachments, and provides more advanced features.
Version: 4.21 released on May 11, 2023.
(4.6 / 62 reviews)

Convert MBOX to DOCX for Outlook
You can download a free limited version down below

Main features:

  • Converts any number of files from MBOX to Word DOCX format, allowing you to open and edit them without access to the Internet or email clients.
  • Preserves attachments, images, headers, hyperlinks, and original formatting of MBOX emails.
  • Supports any MBOX files, no matter what email client they were created in.
  • Supports MBOX email databases created with Google Takeout. Creates folders from Gmail labels.
  • Saves the structure of selected folders with MBOX files for conversion.
  • Allows you to use macros to arrange separate messages in DOCX format into folders the way you want. For example, you can automatically organize emails by creation date, sender or recipient data, and other parameters.
  • Allows you to define the margin size in resultant Word documents.
  • Allows the user to remove the CC and BCC from the header of the resultant files.
  • Converts multiple MBOX files to Word documents on schedule and in bulk from different folders using command line application for batch conversion.

Why convert MBOX to Word documents?

The MBOX file format is designed for storing a database of email messages. It is used to back up and export mailbox data by many email clients:

  • Mozilla Thunderbird,
  • Mac / Apple Mail,
  • Opera Mail,
  • Gmail for export via Google Takeout,
  • and others.

By converting your MBOX email message archive into Word document file format you can easily

  • open and edit emails in the familiar Word processor on most devices;
  • remove or add information to messages, retaining their original formatting and headers;
  • share information with friends and business partners via any email application and messenger.

How to open MBOX in Word manually

MBOX messages cannot be opened with Microsoft Word immediately because most of the MBOX mailbox data will be presented in unreadable encodings. Plus, the MBOX file size can be up to tens of gigabytes.

Therefore, if you want to use Microsoft Word to view and edit MBOX emails, you need to convert MBOX file to DOC or DOCX format using special software.

Online conversion from MBOX to Word (DOC, DOCX)

Online conversion process for all email file formats has special features:

  • By uploading messages to an online converter server, you are submitting them to a third party for processing. Here, you cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the communications. Do not put yourself and your respondents at risk!
  • Free online conversion from MBOX to DOC, DOCX and other formats is very limited. Find out how many files you can convert at one time or in one day, how many minutes you have to use the converter tool, and how long you have to wait in line.
  • Check the capabilities of your Internet service provider. Uploaded and downloaded files can be very bulky.
  • Professional MBOX to Word conversion tools offer additional features that cannot be provided when converting online.

How to convert MBOX to Word documents automatically and without data loss

The most productive and safe way to export MBOX emails to Word documents is to do it directly using a special program on your own or office PC. The best solution is to use the reliable DOCX format, which retains the original message formatting and makes it possible to use all the editing features of Microsoft Word.

The advanced version of "Convert MBOX to Word (DOCX)" utility is suitable for both home and professional use and offers additional options.

Configure the program and save the configuration for future use if necessary:

  1. On the General tab, specify the path to the MBOX file or folder with the files. To add MBOX files from subfolders and save the directory structure, check the Include subfolders option.
  2. Specify a folder location for saving messages in Word format.
  3. To automatically arrange the final DOCX files inside the specified folder, select the appropriate macro from the list.
  4. Optionally, download external images into Word files and save attachments in separate folders.
  5. On the Page Setup tab, you can set the margin size in the Word documents. Add or remove the CC and BCC addresses from the headers of the converted emails.
  6. Advanced features of the utility will help you to
    • create folders from Google labels when converting a message archive exported from Gmail with Google Takeout;
    • move converted MBOX files to another folder on your computer or network drive;
    • save the invalid messages, i.e. the MBOX emails that couldn't be converted for some reason, to a separate folder.

With the full professional edition of the utility, you can convert multiple MBOX emails into any number of Word documents from various folders in batch mode. This can be done using the command line application. The application can work together with Windows Scheduler to convert MBOX to DOCX on schedule.


If you've exported your mailbox to an MBOX file or if you already have an archive of MBOX emails, it's most convenient to keep them in the universal readable format for viewing and editing at any time. DOCX files for MS Word serve this purpose perfectly. They can be opened on almost all devices and sent via any email program or messenger such as WhatsApp, Telegram, etc.

The utility has no limitations and helps you organize your mail archives into folders as you need. The program is easy to set up, requires no Internet connection or additional programs (Word, Outlook, and others). With this tool you will keep the data integrity and migrate all the original information from the MBOX file: attachments, images, message headers and formatting.

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* This utility is for non-commercial home use only. It will not run in domain enviroment. Some of the described features and support for domain enviroment are available in advanced version of the utility only. Free version may have additional limitations.

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