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Work with delivery and read requests in Outlook

From time to time, when you send an email message, you need to ensure that it was delivered to the recipient. There are third-party services to verify that messages have been received and read, but you can also request two different receipts in Outlook: a delivery receipt and a read receipt.

How to request delivery or read receipt for a message

If you want to ensure that someone has received your message, you can request a delivery receipt and a read receipt. Thus, when the recipient downloads your message from his or her ISP's e-mail server, you receive an automatic e-mail delivery message. You can also receive a read receipt, which notifies that your message was opened by the recipient.

How to change the Mail Count Display

When you receive new messages, mark messages as unread or move them. The folder where the message is placed will be highlighted in bold in the folders panel, and a counter will appear next to it. In this counter, Outlook can display either the number of unread emails or the total number of emails.

How to specify which folder is displayed when Outlook starts

If you have multiple connected email accounts in Outlook, you can select which account Inbox or any other folder you would like to display by default when Outlook starts.

Open hyperlinks without holding Ctrl in Outlook

You can often find various links in Outlook messages, both in the letter body and the senders' signatures. Links (also known as hyperlinks) are very popular as a replacement for attachments.

Outlook Icon on Taskbar or Notification area (System Tray)

Like most Windows applications, when the Outlook application is open and running, it displays a corresponding icon on the Taskbar, where you can pin it to launch the application more quickly in the future. Even if you use custom parameters to start the Outlook application, you can still pin the corresponding icon to the Taskbar:

Display all received email messages in plain text format

Often, email addresses are created for specific purposes. One of these purposes is to create an email box designed to process some type of information, such as receipts for the creation or completion of reports, logs of job applications, and so on.

Customize the Ribbon in Outlook

Outlook allows you to customize the ribbon to display buttons conveniently (Classic ribbon) and to provide as much screen space as possible (Simplified ribbon) for viewing messages, events, or contacts. Additionally, Outlook for Windows allows you to collapse (or minimize), auto-hide the Ribbon, and restore it quickly.

How to personalize the new email notification options in Outlook for Windows

When Outlook receives new messages, meeting requests, or task assignments, it can alert you in several different ways. This will help you stay on top of your email activity if you're using another app, work with two or even more monitors, or are away from your computer.

How to use a Desktop Alert

The Desktop Alert is an alert window that pops up when you receive a new email, a meeting request, or a task request to the Outlook default Inbox.