Q. How can I configure Microsoft Outlook to automatically deny read receipts?

A. Email senders can request read receipts that notify them when you read their messages. By default, Outlook will prompt you before it sends a read receipt. To permanently set Outlook to never or always send a read receipt, perform the following steps:

  1. In Outlook, select Tools, Options.
  2. On the General tab, click E-mail Options.
  3. In the E-mail Options dialog box's "Message handling" section, click Tracking Options.
  4. The options for responding to read receipts are at the bottom of the Tracking Options dialog box, which the Figure shows. Select either "Always send a response," "Ask me before sending a response," or (my personal favorite) "Never send a response." Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
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