How to Turn Off Read Receipts in Outlook 2013

Some Outlook readers will send read receipts along with messages that they send out. These are typically attached to important messages that they want to confirm you have received. But you may not wish for people to know that you have read a message, so you can decline to send the requested read receipt.

If you frequently communicate with individuals that send read receipts with some frequency, then you might prefer to never send them whenever they are requested. Outlook 2013 has an option that allows you to choose how read receipts are handled, and you can elect to never send read receipts when they are requested. When this setting is selected you will no longer receive notification that the receipt has been requested, and it will not be sent.


Disable the Option to Send Read Receipts in Outlook 2013

Enabling the option in the steps below will change your settings in Outlook 2013 so that you are never prompted to send a read receipt. By default, you will simply not send any read receipts when one is requested by a sender. if you need to change this setting at some point in the future, then you will need to follow these same steps and switch this setting back.


  1. Open Outlook 2013.

  3. Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.
  4. click the file tab



  5. Click Options in the column at the left side of the window.
  6. click the options button



  7. Click Mail in the left column of the Outlook Options window.
  8. click the mail tab



  9. Scroll to the Tracking section, then check the box to the left of Never send a read receipt.
  10. choose the never send a read receipt option



  11. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window to save your changes.


Does it seem like Outlook is not checking your mail server for new messages often enough? You can adjust the send and receive frequency in Outlook 2013 so that the program either checks more or less frequently, based on your own preferences. You can adjust the frequency to the point where Outlook will be checking your mail server every minute.