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By finding the header, it’s very easy to race an email address in the most popular programs like Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL. Now you must be thinking what is this email header? Each email that you receive comes with headers. It’s the headers which contain information about the originating Internet Protocol address of the message and the routing of the message.


All electronic messages that you receive will allow you to track them. As it depends on how messages have been sent, whether or not they can be traced or not.  The Header contains all the information about the source and destination addresses. The headers don’t contain any personal information, at most, it can show the origination IP and the computer name that sent the email. And with this trace information, the initiating IP can be used to find out from where the message was sent. IP address location information doesn’t contain information like your street name, house number, or phone number. The trace will most likely to determine the information like your city and the ISP the sender used.

Now your obvious concern will be how I can get header to start the email trace process.

Since users may use different electronic messaging programs so the way to find the header will vary accordingly.

Gmail – Open the correspondence and in the upper right corner of the email there will be text stating Reply with a little down arrow to the right. Click the down arrow and select the option Show Original.

Outlook – In the inbox, Right click the message and choose Message Options. It’ll reopen the window with the headers in the bottom of the window.

Windows Live – Right click the corresponding when it’s in the inbox, select Properties, then click the Details tab.

Yahoo! – Right click the note and select the option View Full Headers.

Hotmail – Right click the memo and select the option View Message Source.

AOL – Click Action and then View Message Source.

Now after getting the header the next step is to paste the header data into an Email Header Analyzer Tool. This tool should return the IP attached to the initiating point. However, there are exceptions to this so you’ll have to look at the information logically to deduce the originating IP.

You’ll need to get the email header first to analyze it. Once you have the header, copy and paste it into the email header analyzer tool and then click the Analyze button. It’ll show the originating IP address and in case you can’t find the originating IP address, you’ll have to manually review the header to find the IP. There may be several IP addresses listed within a single email header and each IP could represent a server to which the email went through to reach its final destination. But remember that all headers contain the same information in the same layout.

Natalie Green is an experienced technical content writer. She is working with a computer repair service provider company and likes to write unique and informative articles on latest technology and apps. In this article she discuss about email address tracing tips and tricks. Keep in touch with her to know more tips and tricks about data recovery and virus removal servies.