I've been using MAC OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.5. How do I request a read receipt when sending e-mail with Outlook for Mac 2011?


Outlook:Mac doesn't have the read receipt feature.

And, frankly, you shouldn't use read receipts. Most mail clients can be set up to simply ignore read receipt requests. If the mail client isn't ignoring read receipt requests, then it gives the reader a message asking if the reader wants to send a read receipt; many people select no. The existence of a read receipt doesn't actually tell you whether your reader read your mail.

  • There may be specific reasons why Selahattin needs to request a read receipt. Why assume they are doing something wrong? "You shouldn't" isn't always true in this case. There's nothing dangerous, and there is have no reason to assume the Selahattin or anybody else is assuming anything about those read receipts. – samh Sep 5 '15 at 18:46
  • Couldn't agree more about not using read receipts! Here's the M$ question that says Outlook For Mac does not offer this option: support.office.com/en-us/article/… – Dan Feb 10 '17 at 20:48

To make Mac OS X Mail request a read receipt for every message you send:

  1. Open Terminal and run the following command:

    defaults read com.apple.mail UserHeaders
  2. If that command returns

    The domain/default pair of (com.apple.mail, UserHeaders) does not exist

    run the following replacing Name with your name and email@address with your email address

    defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Disposition-Notification-To" = "Name <email@address>"; }'

    For example, the complete line could read

    defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Disposition-Notification-To" = "Heinz Tschabitscher <sender@example.com>"; }'"
  3. If the "defaults read" command above returns a line of values that starts with { and ends in }:

    1. Highlight the entire line. It might read something like {Bcc = "bcc@example.com"; }, for example.

    2. Press Command-C.

    3. Type defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '

    4. Press Command-V.

    5. Type '.

    6. Insert "Disposition-Notification-To" = "Name <email@address>"; in front of the closing } character, replacing Name with your name and email@address with your email address.

      For example, the line might now read

      defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{Bcc = "bcc@example.com"; "Disposition-Notification-To" = "Heinz Tschabitscher <sender@example.com>"; }'
    7. Press Enter.

  • Welcome to Ask Different! Whilst this is useful information, the question is specifically regarding making Outlook request a read receipt, not Mail.app. – grg Aug 6 '14 at 19:11

Outlook for Mac does not support read-receipts

Perhaps use your email provider's webmail application to request a read-receipt?

For Office 365, sign into https://portal.office.com, compose a message, click the ellipses to bring up message options, choose the "Show message options..." menu item, then click the "Request a read receipt".

Gmail might have a similar feature.

I personally NEVER request read-receipts. Furthermore, when requested to send read-receipts I always refuse :)


There is a new app that let you integrate read receipts in apple mail, both incoming and outgoing ones. Check http://www.ireceiptmail.com ;) It does not work with Outlook though...

  • Please see the help center regarding self-promotion and make sure you disclose if you are affiliated with a product. – grg Sep 5 '15 at 16:47
  • How am I suppose to disclose my affiliation? Yes I am involved in the project. – Peter06 Sep 5 '15 at 17:34

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