How to Read a Receipt in Yahoo Email

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How to Read a Receipt in Yahoo Email
Request a read receipt for your Yahoo! e-mail. (e-mail image by F/32 from

One way to verify whether or not an e-mail message is received is to generate a read receipt. By generating a read receipt request, when the email recipient opens your e-mail message you will instantly receive a receipt notification. You can read the receipt to see the time and date the individual opened your e-mail message. If you are using Yahoo! e-mail, there is no feature in the online mail program that will allow you to read e-mail receipts. However, you can work around this minor technicality by setting up your Yahoo! mail account in your own e-mail program.

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  1. 1

    Set up your Yahoo! e-mail account in the Outlook Express e-mail program that is on your computer. To set up your Yahoo! e-mail account, click on "Tools > Accounts" from the Outlook Express menu bar. Click the "Add" option under the "Mail" tab. You can then complete the set-up wizard to set up your Yahoo! Mail. You will need your Yahoo! e-mail address and password, and the Yahoo! Mail Server settings below in order to complete the set-up wizard.

    Incoming Mail Server: Outgoing Mail Server:

  2. 2

    Log into your Yahoo! e-mail account through the Outlook Express program. Click "Create Mail" to create a new e-mail message.

  3. 3

    Compose your e-mail message by entering the recipient's e-mail address in the "To" field. Enter a "Subject." Enter your message in the "Body" section.

  4. 4

    Click the "Options" button on the Outlook Express toolbar. Select "Message Options." Place a check mark in the box labelled "Request a delivery receipt for this message." Click "Close" to close the message options window.

    If you want to generate a read receipt for all of the email messages that you send, select "Tools" from the Outlook Express menu bar. Select "Options > Receipts." Select the option that is labelled "Request a read receipt for all sent messages." Click "OK" to save your receipt options.

  5. 5

    Click "Send" to send your Yahoo! message. When the recipient opens the email message that you sent to her, a receipt will be generated in your Outlook Express inbox. Read the receipt to see the date and time the email message was opened.

Tips and warnings

  • When you receive the read receipt, it does not mean that your e-mail message was actually read. It simply means that your message was opened by the recipient.

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