Outlook.com Return Receipt

A reader wants to know if it’s possible to get a notification that lets you know if someone has read your email:

“I have Microsoft Hotmail and was wondering if there is a way to set my mail up to let me know when someone opens it.”

There’s no online option for requesting a receipt for your message. However, if you use an email client like Outlook or Thunderbird on your PC, you can request a receipt.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, an email client is a program that you install on your computer that’s specifically designed for downloading copies of your email.  Email clients often offer more features that sending your messages using a browser.

If you use the Outlook Email client on your computer, it’s easy to request a receipt. Just click the options menu in a new message.


Choose the three-dot menu icon for more. You can then select Delivery receipt or Read receipt from the drop-down menu.


If you use Thunderbird, start a new email, click on Options, then choose Return receipt from the drop-down menu.



2 thoughts on “Outlook.com Return Receipt

  1. Thank you for this information. It doesn’t apply to my “free” outlook/hotmail but it is nice to know that it can be done.

  2. I wanted to comment about the person who wanted messages using Facebook but not being involved with Facebook, but click on comment or print didn’t work, so am putting it here.

    Why can’t she just text? I learned it during Irma. Go to a contact, scan down to send message, choose which contact phone number she wants to use (doesn’t work for land lines, only cell phones). Click on Send Message, a box comes up with a place to type message, (can also send/receive photos), then click the right box at top of message, and it sends. Her friends reply comes back there and you can develop as much interaction as desired – w/o Facebook. All she needs is contacts cell phone number, no registering, etc. Been doing it since Irma. Trish

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