Viewing Message Headers in Hotmail

If you have a Hotmail email account and wish to view the message headers, which will reveal the path a message has taken from sending system to your inbox for that Hotmail account, you can open your Hotmail inbox and then move your cursor over the message for which you wish to view the message headers then right-click and select View Message Source. In addition to other information, you will see Received: from lines such as the following:
Received: from ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4900);
	 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 17:38:51 -0800
Received: from [] (HELO MX02.MAIL.ECHOLABS.NET)
  by (CommuniGate Pro SMTP 5.4.1)
  with ESMTP id 12878498 for; Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:38:51 -0500
Received: from ([])
	by MX02.MAIL.ECHOLABS.NET with Echo Labs
	id bDep1i00D5Fw2Hk01Dep2f; Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:38:50 -0500

In the case above the initial sending server would be at IP address as that is the last Received: from line. The top Received: from line shows the last email server that received the email message, which is There may be any number of intermediate systems processing the email message between the sender and receiver. E.g., a message might go through an intermediate server that scans the message for viruses or to determine if it is spam.

You can also view the message headers while the message is open by clicking on the downward pointing arrow head next to Reply at the top right side of the message and selecting View Message Source as shown below.

Hotmail - View Message Source



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