Using Read Receipts in Outlook 2013 – A Brief Guide

In this article we would explore the benefit of using Read Receipts in Outlook and how to effectively use them.

Using Read Receipts in Outlook 2013 – A Brief Guide

It takes us a lot of efforts and time to compose or reply to emails but have you ever wondered whether the email message you send is ever opened and read by the recipient? Well, this is where the role of Read Receipts Feature in MS Outlook 2013 becomes vital. As the name suggests, Read Receipt enables you to check whether your email message has been opened or read by the recipient or not. In this article you will get to know in detail about this amazing feature of MS Outlook 2013 called Read Receipt.
Elaborately speaking, by activating the Read Receipt Feature in your Outlook Mailbox, you can easily track what happened to your email messages. In other words, through this feature you will get an email reply in the form of a receipt that your email has been opened and read by the recipient. However, keep in mind that the recipient has the choice to even cancel sending this receipt. Moreover, this tracking will not appear in your mailbox unless and until at least one of your recipients has opened the email.
Now, have a look at how to request a read receipt for your emails in Outlook. In order to request to send a read receipt, you first need to go to the File Tab and click on the Options. Once, the Option Dialog Box opens, choose the Mail Option and pick the Tracking Section in the dialog box appearing on the right side. Here you can choose the Read Receipt or Delivery Receipt by ticking the check boxes next to these options. Finally click Ok. Remember, you get the choice to get the Read Receipt for a particular email message or all the emails you send.
Since, Outlook 2013 comes with a number of interesting features, it at times become difficult for the user to know about all of them and use them or even differentiate between them. One such common problem many users face is in understanding the difference between Read Receipts and Delivery Receipts in Outlook. As told before in this article, Read Receipt helps the users to know whether their email message was opened or not. On the other hand, the Delivery Receipt is basically a confirmation to the users that their email has been delivered to the mailbox of the recipient; it doesn’t confirm whether the recipient has opened and read it or not.
While using this feature is that you can quickly watch out if a particular message has a Read Receipt Request or not by adding the Receipt Requested column in your view. Once, you set the display format to Icon, you will in fact be able to see a checkbox ticked for all the email messages with a Request for Read Receipt.

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