I know how to view the headers of an email message as well as the source of an HTML message. In Outlook Express, however, there was an option to see the entire message source code the exact same way it was received (i.e. headers and any plain-text and/or HTML message parts in the body). Does such an option or something equivalent exist in Outlook 2010?
To view the headers of a message do the following:
- In Outlook 2010, Open an existing email.
- Click on the File tab.
- Click Info.
- Click the Properties button.
- Review the Internet Headers. (To copy: Right-click in the field and click "Select All", right-click again to select copy)
To view the source code of the body of a message, do the following:
- Open the message you want to see the source code of in Outlook.
- (2010) right click on the message and select "View source"
- (pre 2010) From the menu bar, click Other Actions then View Source from the drop down.
- (2010) In the "message" tab, look in the "move" section and select "Actions" -> "Other actions" -> "view Source"
In order to view the complete message source code of newly retrieved POP messages in Outlook 2007/2010:
- Log onto your PC with an administrator account.
- Open the
regeditinto the search field and hit
Enter. The Registry Editor tool will now launch.
- Navigate to the right key.
- Outlook 2007:
- Outlook 2010:
- Outlook 2007:
- Right-click in the open space on the right side of the window and choose to create a new
- Create a new DWord value and enter
SaveAllMIMENotJustHeadersas the name of the new value.
- Double-click on the new value, set the value as
1and then press
- Close the Registry Editor and open Outlook.
- Right-click on the message whose source code you want to view and select
Message Options. The full source code of the message will now be viewable in the pop-up window that appears.
The "view source" method in Outlook 2010 shows you only the HTML code of the body of the email. It does NOT show you the actual source code of the email itself, which is considerably more complex, and may include a text-only version of the body as well. Sometimes it is necessary to look at the actual code of the email, in the form it arrived in, in order to troubleshoot a display oddity, etc.
If I recall correctly, in order to have the email's body code appear along with the header when you click Properties, you'll need to meddle with the registry. The Registry solution given above might or might not be correct. It did NOT work for me. The solution was to drill down in the registry a bit further, as instructed here: http://email.about.com/od/outlooktips/qt/How_to_View_the_Complete_Message_Source_in_Outlook.htm
Remember to restart Outlook 2010 after exiting the Registry. The true email source code will appear under the header code in the "Internet headers" portion of the popup you get with File>Properties. Outlook will show you the full body source ONLY for emails received AFTER you've made the proper Registry edit. For emails received prior to that, you can see their HTML source code using the Actions menu, but their email source code cannot be retrieved. The file size displayed in your list of emails will be a larger number of bytes than would be displayed before making this change. (Something I discovered only because I happened to be getting duplicate emails from my mail provider. Maybe some were received before my change, some after. Time will tell ...)
For Outlook 2010:
- In Outlook, open an email.
- Click on "File".
- Click on "Options".
- Click on "Customize Ribbon".
- In the drop down "Choose commands from:" select "All Commands".
- Scroll down and find "View Source" and highlight it.
- Click "Add >>" in the middle of the two drop downs.
- Go back to your email and you should see the "View Source" icon as part of your menu. This allows you to easily view source for any email going forward.
For Outlook 2007: press
CTRL + ALT + F to start the forwarding of the message with the full original message attached, and then forward it to other e-mail address where you can view the full message source. A clumsy method but the only way to show the full message source as any other e-mail client does.