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Email Management: How To Get An Email Header

What is an Email Header?

The header (web header) is the area of your email that incorporates data just like the details from sender and receiver, subject, and the time and date of when the email was sent. This also includes Reply-To Field, email client, IP address, and Message-ID. It also plays a fundamental part in recording an email’s course since each mail message has an email header.

For most of us, seeing a mail header is a superfluous step. It's just a fair collection of long strips of letters and numbers in no sensible arrangement that has no bearing on the message or the required answer. 

For instance, if somebody plans to do you hurt through email, will not likely utilize his or her real identification nor sign the email. Instead, they may pretend to be somebody you know. This way, a thorough examination of the email header can help investigators verify whether the person whose identity was used to send the email actually hit "send" from their computer.

How to Obtain an Email Header?

The process for viewing/obtaining an email header can vary from program to program. Please refer to the instructions below on how to get an email header for the program you use:

Roundcube Instructions

  1. Log in to Roundcube.
  2. Locate the message you want to retrieve the header for.
  3. Click on More and Show source.
    Show Source
  4. You can view the header information for troubleshooting mail issues as needed.
    Header Code

SquirrelMail Instructions

    1. Log in to SquirrelMail.
    2. Locate the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Click on View Full Header.
      Full Header
    4. You can view the header information for troubleshooting mail issues as needed.
      Show Source
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    Webmail

    AOL

    1. Log in to your AOL account.
    2. Open the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Open the Action menu.
    4. Select View Message Source.

    Gmail

    1. Log in to your Gmail account.
    2. Open the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Click the down arrow next to Reply.
    4. Select Show Original.

    Excite Webmail

    1. Log in to your Excite account.
    2. Open the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Click View Full Headers (found on the right of the 'From:' line).

    Hotmail

    1. Log in to your Hotmail account.
    2. Right-click on the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Select View Message Source.

    Open-Xchange

    1. Log in to your Open-Xchange account.
    2. Right-click on the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Select Show Source.

    Yahoo! Mail

    1. Log in to your Yahoo! Mail account.
    2. Select the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Click on the Actions dropdown list.
    4. Select View Full Header.

    Email Clients

    Apple Mail

    1. Open Apple Mail.
    2. Select the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Go to View.
    4. Select Message.
    5. Select Long Headers.

    Mozilla Thunderbird

    1. Open Mozilla Thunderbird.
    2. Select the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Go to View.
    4. Select Message Source.

    Opera

    1. Open Opera.
    2. Select the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Click Display all headers (located across from the 'To:' field).

    Outlook

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Open the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Select the File tab.
    4. Click Properties.

    Outlook (Older Versions)

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Open the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Go to View.
    4. Select Options.

    Outlook Express

    1. Open Outlook Express.
    2. Right-click on the message you want to retrieve the header for.
    3. Select Properties.
    4. Open the Details tab.

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