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How to View the Source of a Message in Gmail

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If you want to know what makes email tick — or travel and show up where, when and how it does —, the source is the best place to look. It contains tracing information and often also the HTML code that controls the display.

In Gmail, getting to the source of a message is easy.

View the Source of a Message in Gmail

To see the complete source of an email in Gmail:

  • Open the desired message.
  • Click on the down arrow next to Reply or More Options.
  • Now click Show original.

(Updated September 2011)

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