Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171023/how-to-request-a-deliveryread-receipt-in-outlook-2013/
When sending email, you might want to know that your message has been delivered (delivery receipt) and you might want to know whether the message was opened (read receipt). You can request one or both types of receipts easily in Outlook 2013.
This is one of those features that is great in theory, but not in reality. Many companies disable read and delivery receipts for a variety of reasons. On top of that, a read receipt is a misnomer, it should really be "open receipt," as it only means the recipient opened the email, not actually read it.
I have an elderly friend who uses Outlook 2013 and I have sent him the screen shots about, in particular, setting it to Always send a read receipt; it helps me know he is still upright & breathing!. He reckons that his Outlook 2013 is not the same as the screen shots shown. Are there versions that do not have the tracking options for sending a read receipt?