Email Tracing

Trace emails in: MS Outlook | Gmail | Yahoo and Ymail | Hotmail, MSN, Live

How to trace an email in MS Outlook:

This page will cover how to look up an IP address in an email using a number of mail clients and webmail services. To find out how to trace the IP address, see our page on IP address tracing and locating. On that page you can simply enter the IP address you find into a search box and it will show you exactly where the message came from. It will even show you on a map!

First, you must open the email message.

email forensics outlook

Then, you will click on "View", and select "Options".

Outlook Options Menu

After you do that, a dialogue box will appear, and your entire Internet header appears below (Circled in red. My private email address has been crossed out in red.)

Outlook email trace

Now if you carefully read through this Internet header, you can see some IP addresses. These tell you where the email came from. Then you can trace the IP address.


Open the email message in gmail, and you will see this:

gmail trace

Click on the little inverted triangle to the far right of the screen as indicated above.

tracing gmail

A dialog will drop down, then click on "Show Original", and you will see the full header containing IP addresses and the entire path the email took to get to you.

Yahoo and Ymail:

Open the message you want to trace, then to the far right of the screen, you will see where it says "Standard Header".
Click on that, and a dialog will open as shown below.
trace yahoo email

Click on the menu item for "Full header" and you will get the full header.

tracing yahoo emails

Hotmail and/or Windows Live:

  1. Sign in to the Windows Live ID (The user name and password that you use to sign in to any Windows Live, MSN, or Office Live sites and services. If you have a Passport Network, Hotmail, or Messenger account, you can use it as your Windows Live ID.) .
  2. In the left pane, click Mail.
  3. In the folder list, click Inbox.
  4. Right-click the message in the message list, and then click View source.

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Now that you have the IP address, you can trace it on the IP Address tracing page.