Viewing email headers

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Email headers provide detailed information about an email including the from, to and date information. They also include a unique message ID and time stamps which assist system administrators locate specific emails when searching through email logs.

Our support staff may request a copy of the email headers from an email that customers are having some technical issues with. Email headers are useful when investigating a number of issues including email delays, duplicate emails or bounce back emails. The below information details how these headers can be obtained using various email software solutions.

Outlook 2013

  1. Double click on the email you want to view email headers for
  2. In the message window, select the File tab
  3. Click the Properties button
  4. Copy the text located in the Internet Headers box (located at the bottom of the window)

Outlook 2010

  1. Double click on the email you want to view email headers for
  2. In the message window, select the File tab
  3. Click the Properties button
  4. Copy the text located in the Internet Headers box (located at the bottom of the window)

Apple Mail

  1. Select the Viewing tab
  2. In the section Show header detail: select All from the drop down menu
  3. Open any email to display the full header information in the body of your email message

Outlook 2007

  1. Right click the email for which the headers are required
  2. Select Message Options
  3. At the bottom of the window that has opened, you will see the email headers for this email

Outlook 2003

  1. Right click the email for which the headers are required
  2. Select Options
  3. The Internet Headers are displayed on the Message Options window

Outlook Express

  1. Double click the email for which the headers are required
  2. Click File then select Properties
  3. Select the Details tab to display the header information

Windows Live Mail

  1. Double click the email for which the headers are required
  2. Click File then select Properties
  3. Select the Details tab to display the header information

Thunderbird

  1. Click View from the menu bar
  2. Select Headers then select All
  3. Open any email to display the full header information in the body of your email message

Gmail

  1. Open the required email
  2. At the right hand side of the email, next to Reply, click the down arrow
  3. Select Show Original
  4. The full header information is displayed in the body of your email message

Yahoo

  1. Open your Inbox
  2. Right click the email for which the headers are required
  3. Click View Full Headers

Hotmail/Outlook.com

  1. Open your Inbox
  2. Right click the email for which the headers are required
  3. Click View Message Source
  4. The full header information is displayed in the body of your email message

@mail

  1. Select the Inbox from the lefthand menu
  2. Open the email for which the headers are required
  3. Scroll down the left hand menu and click View Headers to display the header information

WebmailOX

  1. Click on the email that you want to view the headers for
  2. Click More
  3. Click View Source
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