message header

The part of an email that precedes the body or text of the message. A message’s full header includes detailed information about the mail servers and protocols used to route the message. Most email apps, including Mail, show an abbreviated version—typically, sender, recipients, date, and subject.

You can move the pointer around the header area of messages you receive to make a sender a VIP and to reveal icons you can use to delete, answer, and forward a message and manage attachments.

A message header showing a star next to the sender’s name for making the sender a VIP and buttons for deleting, answering, and forwarding a message and for managing attachments.

When you send emails, you can add items to the header area, such as a Priority field. Click the Header Fields button in the new message window.