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View Source in Outlook

Posted in Office | Tools and Software at Wednesday, 17 May 2006 20:33 W. Europe Daylight Time

Thomas Wölfer describes how to view the entire source of e-mail messages in Outlook (in German). This is something I've craving for since I started using Outlook in 2003. Outlook Express provides this functionality for years. I've been suprised that the more complex PIM needs a registry hack to enable it. This may be due to space considerations since the registry key (see below) indicates that Outlook saves things twice.

A quick recap of Thomas' how-to:

  1. Open regedit.exe
  2. Browse to the following key:
    If you have an older version of Outlook, replace 11.0 with the appropriate version number. I'm not sure if this works on other versions than 2003, but you may give it a try.
  3. Create a new DWORD value named SaveAllMIMENotJustHeaders and give it a value of 1
  4. Close the Registry Editor
  5. Restart Outlook

You'll be able to view the complete source of all e-mail messages received after the registry key has been set. Right-click a mail item and choose "Options..." from the context menu. The source code is displayed in the lower part of the window.

Outlook View Source

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008 10:59:43 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Another way to do this, is to open the email message, and on the ribbon toolbar, under the "Other Actions" button, there is an option "View Source". Will save you having to edit the reg.
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