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How to View Raw SMTP Email Headers in Outlook

I had to do some SMTP relay troubleshooting and it wasn’t obvious how to view the raw SMTP message in Outlook. So here’s how:

In the message window, choose File/Properties and look at the “Internet headers” at the bottom of the Properties dialog.

Microsoft Outlook Properties dialog - Internet headers

I am using Office Professional Plus 2016. If you have a different version of Outlook such as Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013, the steps may be different for your version.

Chinh Do

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  1. As the message headers are a large block of text, Message Header Analyzer (https://mha.azurewebsites.net/) is useful for displaying it into a categorized table.
    It’s also available as an Outlook plugin, particularly in Office 365. Useful for security review, to see how the message fared in spam filters.

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