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With Outlook 2007 and 2010 interface changes, the path to locate the full headers for an email message has changed. I'll show you how I found them.

I'm on Outlook 2010. The example that you show for Outlook doesn't look like mine. There isn't an "option" when I right-click on an email. Is it possible to see headers using Outlook 2010?

It is, but it took me a few minutes to find it myself.

Outlook 2010 (and probably Outlook 2007 before it) went through a fairly major interface redesign compared to Outlook 2003 and earlier versions.

There may be better ways, but here's how I found the message headers.

Outlook 2010

Outlook 2010 Main Window

This is one of the common default views that Outlook 2010 will start in. Naturally, you may have customized it to some degree (in fact, I hope you have, because I find this view particularly busy and inefficient).

Regardless of the view, you probably have a list of messages displayed. In the example above, that's the second of the four columns.

Double-click on the message of interest to open it in its own window.

Outlook 2010 Message

A Message in Outlook 2010

With the message in its own window as shown, click on the File menu:

Outlook 2010 File menu on an individual message

Click on "Info", and you'll see the elusive "Properties" menu item that we're looking for.

Click that.

Message Properties

Outlook 2010 Message Properties

This doesn't appear to have changed too much.

At the bottom, you'll find "Internet headers:". Click anywhere in the headers, type CTRL+A to select them all, then type CTRL+C to copy them to the clipboard.

Then, open up Notepad or your favorite text editing application and paste them in (CTRL+V) for easier reading.

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7 Comments
Bill Chubb
April 19, 2011 7:04 AM

Leo is, as always, spot on.

There are many ways of skinning a cat, however, and once you've opened a message you may wish to click on the little down arrow at the bottom-right of the "Tags" menu on the ribbon which will reveal the message properties window and the headers.

John Kaiser
April 19, 2011 7:56 AM

Since we’ve all been taught not to open suspicious e-mails, to get the header information without opening the message, you can add the “Message Options” command to the Quick Access Toolbar. Click the down arrow on the toolbar, choose More Commands. In the “Choose commands from” drop down box, select All Commands. Find Message Options, and add it to the toolbar. Saves a few clicks too.

Bill Fulbright
April 22, 2011 6:57 AM

If you use the Reading Pane and you don't want to click on a message before checking the header, you can right click on the message and then click on the Message Options near the bottom of the list.

c
July 11, 2011 11:52 AM

I find this site helpful, but this article did not help me. The article postulates that 2007 is like 2010. It is not. I found the info elsewhere, so, providing a link to it to help you keep info here accurate. http://luxsci.com/blog/viewing-the-message-source-full-headers-of-an-email.html

Ivan
July 20, 2011 9:47 PM

Nice -- except none of the features you described exist in Outlook 2010 for Mac. When a message is opened by double-clicking, there is no "File" menu...only "Message". I scoured all of Outlook and there is no way do display full headers, which I find abominable

Tod
September 6, 2011 12:02 PM

@Ivan Try right clicking a message and select "View Source" I found this tip on a post from the SuperUser Stack Exchange site

James Dougherty
February 13, 2012 5:57 AM

Thank you John Kaiser - that is exactly what I was looking for.

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