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Request read receipts in Windows Mail + Customize receipt settings

Read receipt icon Windows Mail supports read receipts of both ways: you can request a read receipt manually, whenever you send an email, and even configure Windows Mail to automatically (always) ask for read receipts on every message you send from it; these are "outgoing read receipts", the ones you ask from your recipients. But you also have full control over how Windows Mail will handle "incoming read receipts", those requested from you by your senders. You can even customize how Windows Mail will handle read receipts when they are requested from secure emails. Note: Windows Mail doesn't support "delivery receipts" for Microsoft Exchange mail server. This limitation doesn't apply to most email setups; if you don't know what these are, you likely will never need them (in a controlled environment, they let you know if a particular message was "physically" delivered to a recipient's inbox - like recalling sent messages, this works only in an Exchange environment).

Manually request a read receipt

To ask read receipts for emails you send, click on the Tools menu and choose "Request Read Receipt": you won't be able to tell, but the option has been enabled. To double-check, click on the Tools menu again, and you should see a checkmark next to the command.

Request a read receipt in Windows Mail This works well for a message here and there, but Windows Mail includes global receipt request options to automate the process (described next).

Customize your incoming and outgoing receipt requests settings

The first topic we'll explain is how you can customize the behavior of Windows Mail when it realizes that someone requested a read receipt for an email they sent you:

Secure read receipts

Click on the "Secure Receipts" button to access these options: when you send secure emails, their content (message body) is encrypted using a public and private key. Because read receipts don't include information from the body, the "Request a secure receipt for all digitally signed messages" is disabled (unchecked) by default:

Secure read receipt options in Windows Mail The "Sending Secure Receipt" setting mirrors the standard incoming receipts options:

• "Never send a secure receipt" means: don't acknowledge read receipts originating from secure emails - independent from your request settings for "regular" messages.

• "Ask me if I would like to send a secure receipt" - as earlier, this choice (the default) gives you a chance to pick when to honor read receipts -and not- from secure messages.

• "Always send a secure receipt" tells Windows Mail to automatically acknowledge any read receipt requested in secure emails - as earlier, this option takes away your control.

Click OK to save these settings, and OK on the Options dialog to return to your inbox.

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Tutorial last updated on August 23, 2012
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