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How To Trace An Email Address On Yahoo, Gmail, Or Outlook

Updated on September 9, 2013

Want to trace an Email Address to find out what location an email was sent to you from? Maybe you received an alarming, or nasty message from someone and want to know who sent it. Getting the location is easy to do and you don't have to be technically inclined. For this specific email tracing, you can find out information like state where the e-mail originated, city and even the exact latitude and longitude! This process will show you how to track an email in either Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.

Tracing an E-mail with Gmail

For G-mail the first thing you'll want to do is start by logging into your e-mail account. Open up the e-mail, and double click the down arrow. You'll see that on the right of the reply link. Click on "Show Original".

You'll see a bunch of unfamiliar data, or text. Look for something that says "Received: from". If you can't find it, try clicking on "CTRL + F". This will pull up a search so you can type in what your looking for.


Look for the "Received from" that is at the very bottom. Next to it, you'll notice a name. For example it might say received: from gest and you'll see a string of numbers next to it. The name gest is the personal home computer and next to it is the public IP Address. Write down this information carefully in notepad or a sheet of paper.

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Tracing an email with Yahoo

To trace an email for Yahoo users, login and open the e-mail. Click on "Standard Header" on your right and switch it to "Full Header". Just like before, you'll see the same information. Follow the steps to record the data as I explained earlier.


Email tracing can be done in Microsoft Outlook client too. Double click on the e-mail you received and navigate to the top menu. Click on "View" then choose the options.
A dialog box will appear and you'll need to scroll to view the eader since the box is so small. If you want, you can copy the information in Notepad so it's easier to see.

Email Tracking

Now that we have the IP Address, we can trace an e-mail and it's location very easily. Do a quick Internet search on "IP2Location" or "Geobytes IP Locator". Once you provide the IP Address, they will give you the exact information on country, state, and city. You'll also get the exact latitude and longitude of where the e-mail came from. When you track an email, this may not always work, though it is a good idea to try.

Access more information when you track an Email
To find out even more information, try doing a WHOIS database search. The info given will be who is hosting the IP Address along with registration data.

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    • LisaMarie724 profile image

      Lisa Stover 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Interesting, thanks for sharing.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi webdesignbyapw, this is very good, I have Windows Live Mail and it is really easy, I just right click on the e-mail, on the dropdown menu click on property, the click on the tab at the top that says details. I did not know about the IP2Location.

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