How to Disable the Read Receipt in Microsoft Outlook

By Adrian Grahams

The "read receipt" function in Microsoft Outlook is a handy feature if you want to know when the recipient has opened and read your email message. Outlook users can add a "read receipt" request to individual email messages or choose to automatically add them to all outgoing email messages. If another user has enabled automatic "read receipt" for all emails sent from Outlook, and you don't require this feature then you can disable it from the program's "Options" menu.

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Outlook from the computer's desktop taskbar or desktop screen.

Step 2

Click the "File" tab, and then click "Options."

Step 3

Click "Mail." Find the "Tracking" heading in the "Mail" options dialog box.

Step 4

Click the check-box beside "Read Receipt Confirming the Recipient Viewed the Message" to un-tick and deselect this option. You can also click the check-box beside "Delivery Receipt Confirming the Message was Delivered to the Recipient's Email Server" to deselect this option if you also don't want these notifications.

Tips & Warnings

  • Even with automatic "read receipt" disabled, you can still request "read receipts" for individual emails. Click the "Options" tab in the email message menu, and find the "Show" and then "Tracking" headings. Click the "Request a Delivery Receipt" or the "Request a Read Receipt" check-boxes to tick and select these options.