How to understand returned email message details without opening message or attachment

Posted on 2004-10-14
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
We can sometimes be spoofed by an email message pretending to warn of a problem sending a mail message, when in fact it is spam or (I assume) a virus.  If I right click on the message, I can then click on Options and see the path the email message has taken.  But I cannot see to whom the message was addressed, or what was in the message, without opening the attachment.

This is on Windows XP, using Outlook.

I seem to remember that in Outlook Express, one could right click on an email message and get a Properties button to click, which would then display the body of the message and the addressee.

Does anyone know a way to learn details about a "failed" message without having to open the message or attachment?
Question by:cornell256
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Whatever you see in OE , you should see internet header doing this in outlook

you neednot open the email message . let it be in the preview pane.
right-click any message and go to options
there you should see Internet headers and get all those info.. DOnt you see that ?


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ID: 12314321
No, the behavior is different.  With OE, you right click on the message, and you get a drop-down menu, and you click on Properties.  A window displays and you see a General and Details tab.  You go to Details tab and you see a Message Source button at the bottom of the window.  Click on Message Source and you see the original email message, including recipient and body of text.

I see no way to do this with Outlook.  I assume I am missing something.  I right click on the message in Outlook, and all I see is Options button.  If I click on Options button, I see "details" similar to OE details.  No message source button in sight.

Re preview, my understanding is that a preview of a message can be dangerous, and it is better to have preview turned off - at least in theory if not yet in fact, and viruses are coming if not already here that can attack the computer via the simple opening of an email message (no attachment involved).

Thanks for any ideas.
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> I see no way to do this with Outlook.  

in order to view internet headers in outlook , you need to follow the procedure , i had given in my previous suggestion.
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ID: 12314441
But -- as stated in my question, I am not asking to see the internet headers.  I want to see the recipient and the message body (and this is provided in the message source of Outlook Express).  What you have described is what I call the "path" and I know how to do that (by clicking Options, as stated in my original question), and that does not give me this information.  Thanks for trying to answer this, I appreciate it.  Thanks, sunray_2003.
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So you want to see recipeint and message body without opening the email

what do you see when you click on inbox.. on the right , you see all emails but since you donot have preview, you want to see the message body without double-clicking and opening the message , right ?
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I guess preview pane is the only method.. let me research some more..
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ID: 12314863
or how about this..once the email comes to outlook , export it to OE and then view it there..

open outlook
open outlook express
go to file --> import --> messages --> microsoft outlook
and then get it there

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ID: 12315105
This is a very creative idea, what fun!  Thanks so much, it works just fine (I moved the message into a folder for that purpose, then imported that folder, which had one message in it).  Success.
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Am i not smart.. LOL

Glad you liked the idea

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