Find the Properties Dialog in Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013

Last reviewed on December 30, 2013   —  9 comments

Properties dialogIn older versions of Outlook, you can access a Properties dialog from the File menu of an open message. This dialog lists dates, Importance, and Do Not Autoarchive.

In Outlook 2010, File, Properties opens the "Options" dialog that includes the Internet header and the Do not Autoarchive checkbox.

To view the dialog that has the sent, received, and modified dates fields (shown at the right), you need to customize the ribbon or quick access toolbar (QAT).

  1. Open the Message
  2. Go to File, Options
  3. Select either Customize Ribbon or Quick Access Bar
  4. Select All Commands in the Choose commands from menu
  5. Click im the list of commands (or tab into it) then Press P to jump to the commands that begin with P
  6. Scroll down to find Properties, select the second Properties command and add it to the QAT or a group in the ribbon.
  7. Close the Options dialog.

When you want to check the dates, open the message and click the Properties button you just added.

Appointments only display the modified date. For a macro to display the created date of any Outlook item, see Display the Created Date field of any Outlook item.

Remember: The Do not AutoArchive option is on the Options dialog, accessible either through File, Properties or by clicking the Expand button on the Tags section of the ribbon.

Add Properties to the ribbon

About Diane Poremsky

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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9 responses to “Find the Properties Dialog in Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2013”

  1. Dennis Smith

    I only have one "Properties" listed and it is folder properties

    1. Diane Poremsky

      Did you open a message and then go to it's File, Options, Customize? If you try to do it from the main Outlook window, you'll have folder properties.

  2. steve

    On the 07 Outlook I could view email properties BEFORE opening the message. This version appears to require opening a suspect message first. Why? If this is the only way to view properties it is a retrogressive "update".

    1. Diane Poremsky

      I assume you mean the properties with the message header... if so, you can add the properties button to the QAT and view it without opening the message. If you only need to see the header (and not other fields on that dialog), see Get headers using VBA. The macro puts the header into a new message form for easy reading.

  3. Nancy Ford

    I also didn't find "Properties" listed as a command in Outlook 2013 (at File | Options | Customize Ribbon), but I was able to view the properties of an unopened message after creating a new Command Group and adding a View Message Options command.

  4. James Kelsey

    I have Outlook Professional 2010 and have NO 'properties' button under the 'file' tab. . . any idea how to find it? Thanks!!

    1. Diane Poremsky

      Is the message open?

      Properties button in Outlook 2010

  5. James Kelsey

    OH! I normally read my messages in the 'preview window'. . . if I double click on a message and it pops up in a NEW window the 'properties' is there!

    You truly are a problem taker-awayer, Diane. .. .. THANKS! :-)

    1. Diane Poremsky

      Ah, thanks for the update. I'll bet you aren't the only one that couldn't find it. If you add the Message Options command to the ribbon or QAT, you can bring up the same dialog while in the reading pane.

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