Read receipts are an interesting feature in mail programs, but it is a feature that is not standardized. Many popular email clients block them, and a lot of the email programs that exist for Mac OS X don’t include them at all, or are complicated to implement. But they do have their uses, so some people still choose to include them with messages that they send from their computer. However, that does not mean that you need to comply with their request. A read receipt is just that – a request from the sender to notify them when you have opened their message. If you are becoming annoyed with receiving these read receipts in Outlook 2013 and no longer want to send read receipts or even be notified that they have been requested, you can turn off read receipts in Outlook 2013.
How to Disable Outlook 2013 Read Receipts
Whatever your feelings about read receipts might be, there are still people that will insist on using them. There are certain fields and individuals where a read receipt can actually be important and useful, but many people that use them are simply trying to find out that you have opened an email that they sent to you, and it is no more important than a billion other emails that are sent every day without read receipts. So continue reading below to learn the necessary steps for stopping read receipt requests in Outlook 2013.
When you’re done, check out this guide on creating Outlook distribution lists.
Step 1: Launch Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
Step 3: Click Options in the column at the left side of the window. This is going to open a separate Outlook Options window.
Step 4: Click the Mail option in the column at the left side of the Outlook Options window.
Step 5: Scroll down to the tracking section, then click the option to the left of Never send a read receipt.
Step 6: Click the OK button to close the window and save your changes.
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