Outlook: Automatically Send or Deny Read Receipts

Posted October 30, 2004 by MickeyMouse in Microsoft Outlook

Are you tired of dealing with read receipts? So am I. Using the instructions in this tutorial, you will never have to worry with them again.


Everybody in my office uses read receipts. A read receipt is a little message that goes back to the original sender that confirms that the receiver has read the email. I find them annoying. Can Bob just ask me if I received his email message the next time I see him at the water cooler? Anyway, these receipts have been around forever.

If you always deny or always send these receipts, then just tell Outlook to do this for you.

    1. Open Outlook.
    2. Click Tools menu.
    3. Click Options.
    4. Click the Email Options button under the Preferences tab.
    5. Select Tracking Options.
    6. Select Always, Never, or Ask Me under the section titled “Use this option to decide how to respond to requests for read receipts” at the bottom of the dialog box.
    7. Click OK until you are out of the Options dialog box.

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