Request a Read Receipt for Messages in Outlook Express

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Uncertainty, in general, is horrible, and so is the uncertainty whether an important email message has been received and read by the recipient. Return receipts can answer this question in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express.

Request a Read Receipt for a Message in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To request a read receipt for an individual message in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Select Tools from the message's menu.
    • Press the Alt key if you cannot see the menu bar in Windows Live Mail.
  • Make sure Request Read Receipt is checked.

When the recipient of the message opens it, she is asked to notify you that she has opened and read the email.

Request Read Receipts Automatically

You can also make read receipts a default option in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express so that it does automatically request a receipt for every message you send.