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.
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: pop.mail.yahoo.com Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
Log into your Yahoo! e-mail account through the Outlook Express program. Click "Create Mail" to create a new e-mail message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.