Request a Read Receipt for Messages in Outlook Express

Be notified when a recipient opens your email message

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When your email message is important, be sure that the message has been received and read by the recipient. 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:

  1. Create a new message.

  2. Select Tools from the message's menu.

    If you don't see the menu bar in Windows Live Mail, press the Alt key.

  3. Select the Request Read Receipt check box.

  4. 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.