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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 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.

  • jan reynolds commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please restore the ability to right click on UPOPENED emails to see the source data. Users are getting more sophisticated scam and phishing emails. As a previous database manager, we knew never to open the email because of automatic return notification. Those who open have no control on stopping the automatic return. HELP with our SAFETY!!

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    why why why why why why why why why do you keep making a mess of things ms? If your company wasn't so big it would've gone under long ago with decisions like this. Muppets in charge. Absolute muppets.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    What in heavens are you guys doing?
    SPAM messages often fake the sender email account and show a different one. WITHOUT opening the email, you could always select "view message source" to check if it was secure to open or not.
    How is this option only available once you've already opened the email?
    I can't believe you've done this. Bring back immediately the "show message source" to the right-click menu of a message, without of course the need to open it.

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