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Restore View Source

Restore the View Source feature. Ideally, it would be more like the old Hotmail mechanism where the source opened in a separate web page that could be saved instead of a popup from which the user must copy

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Hi all – Thanks for using Outlook.com! I just wanted to let you know that there is now a way to view Message Source. To do this, do the following:

1) Select the message that you want to view
2) In the reading pane you will see a little Chevron (arrow down) next to the Reply, Reply All, Forward buttons.
3) When you click it you will see View Message Source.

Hope this helps!

Feel free to keep the feedback coming!


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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The response didn't answer my question. One of the choices I used to have in the junk mail file was to right click and choose Open Source. If you scrolled down past the cr@p, you could find the IDP address, including the main one. Could you bring this back again.

  • Em Kay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The option to view the message source in raw text with headers and content without opening the e-mail is essential, both in the PC app and the webb version. Bring it back!

  • Bill commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What is the point of being able to see the source after you have opened the message? Bring it back. Gmail is looking more and more attractive.

  • Private commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Microsoft does NOT WANT to fix ANY of the bugs in Outlook. The removal of valuable services is intentional. Microsoft is the originator of the nasty "freemium" model. Their free version is MEANT to have limited functionality, constant errors/bugs & security risks like these. It's highly likely that they hope you will get *really* burned, then they will offer you their "premium" services for $$$. Users on basic Outlook are literally used like a fuel or cash crop. They get the ****** product & the beta versions. Then M/S monitors the complaints to fix the product in order to put out fully working models to their paying customers. Basically, they force the basic version users to work for them as a quality control department. Unethical as basic users are already paying for the service in trade - M/S scrapes data, tracks users, tracks aspects of emails, sells space for idiotic ads & helps the creepies track user responses to ads, etc. (for which they get additional $). The best solution is to find a new email provider. Free servers will obviously be taking something from you but the idea is to find a company that is the least exploitive and actually has something akin to pride about their product(s).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem with the moderator's response is that it requires opening the message in order to view the source. The whole point of viewing source is that a message is suspicious. Some messages will harm the computer if opened, or if nothing else will phone home so the spammer will mark the address as real, resulting in more spam.

    The old method did not require opening the message. That's how it should be. Please restore this functionality.

  • Petardo Maggiu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Simplify the entry of domains and emails in the blacklist list and allow to see the origin of an email without having to open the email

  • Tom commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If I have to open the message in the reading pane to use this feature haven't I already opened the message? Is there a risk that opening the message allows a chance for malicious code to load before I even have a chance to check the source?

  • David commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please restore "View Message Source." Totally agree with all the other comments decrying its demise. Please action this.

  • Rick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Sadly totally useless "fix". The whole point is NOT to open a suspect message, not open it and then find it is a scam.
    Hard to believe these developers can be so incompetent. Good bye hotmail/outlook.

  • bev.allen5 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    we users need to be able to view the message source/mail header information BEFORE opening the mail, for security reasons. Please give us back the ability to manage security in email, and make it a PRIORITY to put this feature (back) on the new platform you have moved us to

  • thomassly@msn.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    bring back "view source" to all outlook platforms!
    It was idiotic to take this option away from users, it provided ye another option to avoid spam/fradulent e-mails!
    bring back "view source"!!!

  • William Griffin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why remove this function for easy use?
    The best use of "View Source" for me was to view if the email was of possibly compromising. Therefor for seeing who sent you an email without opening it. Eliminating the possibility of opening a junk mail and eliminating possible malware crapware virus intrusions by not even opening. Which is what all security specialists suggest...
    Its not like you really do a good job of filtering out junk mail. and therefor you either support the makers of junk mail and viruses (way to pay you) or you value your consumers.

  • bev.allen5 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    why does the 'solution' require that the reading pane be on? If not, you have to open the mail, neither of which is desirable if you want to stay safe when opening emails!

    please enable View Source for those of us who do not wish to use the reading pane or open the mail to view the header details!

    If you think people can't read/don't understand email headers so there is no point in enabling this, how about you put up a mini tutorial so that people can learn and keep themselves safe online?! bad mails will always get through, so help us help ourselves!

  • kscharfe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PLEASE restore View Message Source in right click drop down menu. Who's bright (ridiculous) idea was it to eliminate that option?

  • Donya commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The whole point of view source was not to open the mail and see if it is spam.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How am I suppose to spot Spam and Fishing emails?
    Now I need to open emails, get virus in order to check if I am going to get virus. GENIUS!!!

  • manaclash commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bring back the "view message source" button. Having the feature in the mail window instead of inbox/contect menus is obvious nonsense,

  • Billy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please restore the ability to right click on UNOPENED emails to see the source data.

    web bugs and other malware can be present in an OPENED message without a user's knowledge, so for our safety we need to VIEW SOURCE before we open a message.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    your inability to display headers leaves users with no way to verify senders!

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