I have the Windows Live version of Hotmail. What do I need to do to make the
complete headers show when i receive emails?
For the longest time, it didn’t seem like this was even possible.
Fortunately, with recent updates to Windows Live Hotmail you can view additional headers
as well as the complete message source – both of which can be interesting and valuable.
I’ll show you how.
Here’s an example of a message with default settings:
Note the Actions menu link on the right. Click on that and you’ll see several options: (Note: several people, myself included, are now seeing a “Reply” link there. Click on the small triangle to its right – it works just the same.)
Click on Show Details to get the expanded header that some refer to as the “Full Header”:
In Actions, click on View message source to view the actual raw message. This actually opens as a separate window or tab in your browser (email addresses obfuscated in the copy below, and some additional line breaks added to make it fit the page better):
X-Message-Delivery: Vj0xLjE7dXM9MDtsPTA7YT0xO0Q9MTtTQ0w9Mw== X-Message-Status: n:0 X-SID-PRA: Leo A. Notenboom
X-AUTH-Result: NONE X-Message-Info: JGTYoYF78jFm1I23U2ig9+JDLhKPgj97yA2JzV/HHy/wXpHjoh bzHOXYTNCM6Rr5LrS9m96Tfk2iq3I9D9xkxXcXsVueqKvOKMC4NMH5DAc= Received: from rs3.pugetsoundsoftware.com ([22.214.171.124]) by bay0-mc3-f22.Bay0.hotmail.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4675); Wed, 4 Aug 2010 15:33:36 -0700 Received: (qmail 28430 invoked from network); 4 Aug 2010 17:33:36 -0500 Received: from h-64-105-215-204.sttnwaho.static.covad.net (HELO ?192.168.1.154?) (126.96.36.199) by secure3.pugetsoundsoftware.com with (DHE-RSA-AES256-SHA encrypted) SMTP; 4 Aug 2010 17:33:36 -0500 Message-ID: Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:33:34 -0700 From: "Leo A. Notenboom" User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52) Gecko/20100711 Lightning/1.0b1 Thunderbird/3.0.6 MIME-Version: 1.0 To: Leo Notenboom Subject: This is a test message for full header display. X-Enigmail-Version: 1.0.1 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Return-Path: leo@******.*** X-OriginalArrivalTime: 04 Aug 2010 22:33:37.0005 (UTC) FILETIME=[1459B9D0:01CB3425] Hello Ask Leo! readers! Leo
That includes not only the message, but what are truly the complete and full email message headers that are often used for mail trouble diagnosis.
(This is an update to an article originally published September 6, 2007.)