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How to view full e-mail headers in Windows Live Hotmail

Posted: July 1, 2009
Difficulty: Very Low
Risk: None
Requirements: Windows Live Hotmail

By: FilePulse Staff

E-mail headers are something that we are all familar with. They are the "From", "To", "Subject", and "Date" field that we see in all of our e-mails. However, the rest of the headers are usually hidden by default as it is usually not necessary to see them.

Sometimes you need to see full e-mail headers to find the true source of an e-mail, as the "From" field can be forged or fake. So before you send off that angry e-mail to someone who sent you spam, be sure to check the full e-mail headers because the person in the "From" field could be innocent!

To see full headers in Windows Live Hotmail, simply right-click on the message and select "view message source". Picture example below:

By doing this, I can see that the e-mail in the example isn't really from Verizon Wireless if it wasn't already obvious. We hope you found this article useful. Have fun.


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