Software & Apps MS Office Request a Read Receipt for Messages in Outlook Express Be notified when a recipient opens your email message By Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated June 24, 2019 Bernhard Lang / The Image Bank / Getty Images MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint Tweet Share Email When your email message is important, use return receipts in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, or Outlook Express and know when your message is received. Instructions in this article apply to Windows Mail 6.0 and earlier, Windows Live Mail, and Outlook Express. Request a Read Receipt for a Message in Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, or Outlook Express Microsoft has discontinued Windows Live Mail and Outlook Express. To request a read-receipt for an individual message in Windows Mail 6.0, Windows Live Mail, or Outlook Express: Create a new message. Select Tools from the message's menu. If you don't see the menu bar in Windows Live Mail, press the Alt key. Select the Request Read Receipt checkbox. Send the message. When the recipient of the message opens it, the recipient is asked to notify you that the email has been opened and read. Request Read Receipts Automatically You can also make read receipts a default option in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail, or Outlook Express so that a receipt is requested automatically for every message you send.