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How to Request Read Receipts in Mac OS X Mail
Published: 6. april 2010

Have you ever wondered what happened to a message you sent? Has a spam filter's ruthless rule befallen it, or did it never arrive? Was it read but forgotten?

When you send an email in Mac OS X Mail, the message will be delivered to its recipient promptly -- usually, but not always.

To get some idea of your every email's fate, you can request read receipts.

Continue to read for detailed information on setting this up.



Typically, the recipient will be asked to confirm the message has been opened. While this is no guarantee the content has been read or even understood, such read receipts can still be useful to rule out some possibilities of failure and maybe quiet a wandering mind.

Request Read Receipts in Mac OS X Mail
To make Mac OS X Mail request a read receipt for every message you send:

Open Terminal.
Type:
"defaults read com.apple.mail UserHeaders"
to see the current status of the UserHeader.

Set the new UserHeader with the following command inside Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Disposition-Notification-To" = "Name "; }'
where you replace the values Name and email@address with your own.

That should be it.


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