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Block Outlook receipts

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Microgarden Outlook Tools contains an option that lets you block read receipts. Outlook lets you block read receipts on Internet mail, but automatically processes the receipts when you are connected to an Exchange server. This tool will let you block all read receipts and protect your privacy.

August 24, 2002 4:50 AM

Off Topic: your banner pic doesn't work (RSS feeds) On topic: Can you not simply opt in Outlook for notifcation before sending any receipts? Lawrence

Adam Kalsey
August 24, 2002 6:52 AM

That only works for Internet mail accounts. If you are receiving your mail through an Exchange server, the process read receipt option doesn't work. In fact, in Outlook XP, the settings dialog says "Use this option to decide how to respond to requests for read receipts. Only applies to Internet Mail accounts."

Adam Kalsey
August 24, 2002 6:57 AM

I just checked the RSS banner and it looks fine. Have you noticed the problem more than once? Maybe there was a network problem that prevented you from getting the file.

August 24, 2002 9:08 AM

Just one time (both in IE and FeedReader), it's working now. Isn't MS nice with these documented unfeatures as opportunities for plugin writers? :-) Lawrence

Jim R
September 22, 2003 7:06 AM

I connect to an Exchange server, and until recently I had Outlook XP which had been upgraded from 2000 (I don't know for sure if there had been a previous upgrade to get it up to 2000), and I was able to choose read-receipt options (I chose "ask me" so I could send them to colleagues and not to spammers). My company just got me a new PC with a clean install of Outlook XP, and now those options are greyed-out, as you indicate. What are the odds that I could get the old functionality back if I got my IT folks to redo my Outlook with the old version and then upgrade it? By the way, I would guess based on the content of your site that you wouldn't spam me or or sell my address, but I couldn't find a privacy policy. Please don't e-mail me unless it's in reply to this posting.

December 9, 2004 2:09 AM

Hai I am Bharani I am using a mail client of "Microsoft Outlook" i need a software or option to block the read receipts which are requested for me, some thing like firewall while the receipt is going out it should confirm once with us for delivery if we are clicking "Access" it should go out or other wise "Deny" to cancel the receipt. Can any have such software.Please help me.

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