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    Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    Read receipts really bug me.

    Any chance anybody here could help me with the following rule (Be it using the rules wizard or visual basic)

    For any incoming email with a read receipt I would like to automatically reply to the sender with a message along the lines of "Do not send read receipts to me"
    In order that I am aware of the crime I would like to be able to colour code the email.

    I'd like to do a similar thing with "Important" and "Flag for Follow Up" emails.

    I've tried to do this using "Rules" - but am not able to identify a condition that indicates if the incoming mail has a read receipt. I've had a look through the forums but no joy yet.

    Your help would greatly lower my blood pressure.

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    Re: Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    As long as you have a fairly regular/simple Outlook setup, you should be able to simply choose the Advanced Email/Tracking Option in Tools|Options to "Never send" a read receipt. Is there a particular reason why you don't wish to adopt this policy? HTH
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    Re: Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    Thank you - this is the approach I have always used.

    However I am getting frustrated by the number of people who do not stick to my policy of "Use a Read Receipt and Die"... The ability to automatically repy with a sharp email to chastise is an option I'm willing to pursue. Too many people choose the "Request read receipt" on all email - simply to see how quickly you scan through your mail box it seems.

    If I can get a rule set / script to meet my requirements it will be a snip to alter it so that SOME users under EXCEPTIONAL circumstances can use read receipts.

    Read receipts are a pain in my business culture. Turn them off and you get a follow up email or a call. Turn them on (Allow them) and you are unable to manage your workload because good for nothings can't appreciate that mailbox management might mean that I am not willing to drop everything and rush to their pet projects

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    Re: Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    Maybe too many people do not agree with your policy.

    But - if it is that much of a concern to you, why don't you simply set up an out-of-office reply along the lines of:
    "Requests for read receipts are not honoured - however your message has been received and will be dealt with as soon as possible."

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    Re: Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    You can use VBA to take almost any conceivable action, but you do have to code it yourself... for example:

    <pre>Sub RuleSpankReadReceipts(msg As MailItem)
    If msg.ReadReceiptRequested Then
    If MsgBox("Read Receipt Requested! Administer spanking?", _
    vbExclamation + vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
    'Code to generate reply message goes here
    End If
    End If
    End Sub</pre>

    See illustration for how to hook this into the Rules Wizard (which erroneously calls it running a "script")

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    Re: Read Reciepts : Auto Reply? (Office XP SP2)

    Thank you - This was just what I was looking for.

    My medical insurance company thanks you (more paid premiums - no claims) and I thank you.

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