View source of an email

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How can I dsipaly the source of an email in outlook 2010? In outlook 2003, I remember right-click in a message body, we had the option of displaying the while source.

Currently, in options, outlook only dispaly headers

I googled a little bit, I found some posts indicating adding a key "SaveAllMIMENotJustHeaders" in the registry which seems doesn't working for 2010. I added a new key "mail" i, outloook/options, then added  tis new value.

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When I open a message and right-click in the body, View Source is one of the choices on the Context Menu, just like before.  it is also a choice on the Context Menu when I right-click in the Reading Pane.

The Options selection always showed only headers, never the source in any verison of Outlook.  Only Outlook Express had a dialog that showed the raw source of the message including both headers and source.

To view a message's source, if for some reason View Source isn't on the Context Menu, you can open the message and in the Move chunk of the ribbon, click the "Move More Actions" icon, then Other Actions>View Source.  You can also click "Customize Quick Access Toolbar" (to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar) and select More Commands.  Change the "Choose commands from" drop-down to "Commands Not in the Ribbon".  Slide the list of commands to the bottom and select "View  Source".  Click Add.  Use the "Move Up" and "Move Down" buttons to position it in the QAT where you'd like and click OK.  You'll have the View Source button available to you in the QAT now and you won't have to right-click or use the ribbon to use it.


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Thanks Brian,

Brian, I have added the view source to the ribbon, when I click it I get only the headers.

But following your suggestion, Other Actions>View Source, you are correct, the source of the whole message was displayed in notepad. Any idea why this difference.

 

By the way, is it possible to customize the ditor to be notepad ++ or ultraedit instead of notepad.

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Brian, I deleted the key that I created in the registry, closed and opened outlook, now in Other Actions>, I havez view header instead of View Source which was the case 5 minutes ago as I indicated in my most recent post

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Just as an FYI, I was looking for the same info in Outlook 2010. I never edited my registry keys, but I do have the "View Source" option as described by Brian. Hopefully you won't have to re-install Outlok

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Brian, I had a crash and resetup my win 7 and office 2010, when I display "Commands Not in the Ribbon", I dont find "View  Source". 

Any idea where it is hidden.

 

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Sorry, Brian, your method shows only the HTML part of the source code in a 2-part or HTML email, and it does not show the ACTUAL code of the email, it shows a human-friendly translation of it.   I don't know about eliassal's needs, but I need the full ACTUAL email source code, exactly as it came to my computer, including full email header.  This is not rocket science -- I could easily view it in Outlook Express by right clicking on the email in my inbox, and a couple click from there.
  
Why is this important?  Most people might want this for reporting email to their ISP or a antispam entity or such.    I need it to analyze various other things, including the authenticity of links in suspicious emails, analyzing 2-part emails I send (using other methods), etc.
  
Incidentally, when I imported my emails from Outlook Express 6 into Outlook 2010 recently, NONE of the headers came along in the import!   This is a royal PITA, since I need to reference old headers for various reasons.  
  
Example: Hotmail blocks the email from an organization I am involved with, apparently on the basis that the sending IP doesn't have a clean reputation. The domain is on a shared mail server and receives a shared IP address at random. Some are clean, some are not.  Last year, on the advice of our hosting service (Verio) we moved our mail to a different account having a clean dedicated IP. It immediately solved the problem, or so we thought.... until last August. At that time, I checked the headers of bounced emails, and the headers of emails I had received, and none reflected our dedicated IP number.  Verio then informed us that their original advice was incorrect, our emails have to carry our domain-hosting IP numbers, not our email account's (unless we go through the pain of moving our web hosting to the new account as well). 

Whether or not Verio Support is technically aware (I sometimes wonder), it seems that the "resolution" may have been just a lucky coincidence.  (Incidentally, Hotmail is the ONLY provider that causes us this problem!)
  
My point here is that I am no longer able to compare the headers of incoming emails received last year, because Outlook lost them.  
  
I'll post this and other issues separately.  What's more relevant here, maybe, is why doesn't $125 Outlook have useful features of the program we're virtually forced to "upgrade" from (in order to upgrade to Win7), the free Outlook Express?  (I say "forced" because WLM and other options are even less comparable.)  Is there a list of OE vs O2010 "can's, can'ts, and changes" somewhere, so we users don't have to spend countless hours analyzing these things for ourselves?


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When I open a message and right-click in the body, View Source is one of the choices on the Context Menu, just like before. Snipped Brian Tillman [MVP-Outlook] -------------------------------- https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Brian.Tillman If a reply helps, please vote it as helpful. If a reply solves the issue, please mark it as an answer. 


Brian .. unfortunately .. in my outlook 2010 .. the option for "View Source" only becomes selectable when I'm nearly at the extreme bottom of the message in the preview pane. ie.. its there.. but not selectable (greyed out). 

The entire purpose someone like *me* has for this.. is to get the source HTML .. so that I can paste it into the interface of Spamcop to report a spam.. 

Because outlook 2007, 2010 (and suspected of 2013) makes this so much harder than it was in 2003 .. I've never updated the bulk of my office install on my personal machines.. my office machines I'm forced into 2007 2010's c**p shoot for commands, and absolutely hate it.. its experiences like this, that microsoft has made people polarized in their resentment of a company that literally screwed their users to no ends just for the sake of paid for forced upgrades.. 

Its a deplorable business and microsoft is just sticking it to us with back fixes, and hacking away things that didn't have to be.

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In 2007, the View Source option is only available for HTML messages; it is not available for text messages.

And it does not show the Headers.  The Headers are viewed in a box that appears after expanding the Options tab on the ribbon.  See also View Email Message Headers which may apply to 2010.

In Spamcop, you need to paste in two sections.
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Not sure about 2007, but in 2010 it's well-hidden indeed.

Doubleclick a message to open it.
On the Message tab, click the dialog launcher arrow, bottom right of the Tags group.
That opens a Properties dialog box that includes the internet headers.

Quite a few options in Outlook remain unavailable while you're viewing the message in the preview pane; when you can't find a feature having to do with specific messages, doubleclick to open the message, then have a look around.


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At issue is that its much harder to get to these options.. and even when the option is there.. like in 2010 right clicking *inside* the body of an *HTML* message showing you the option but not making it active.. until you scroll to the bottom edge of the message in the preview pane..

it all adds up to microsoft f**king people with every subsequent version of outlook.  hiding functions and performing a drastic change (ribbon) with no options for users to continue using a familiar interface if they'd so chosen.

one would almost call outlook 2007 & 2010 more spammer friendly.

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