How to Set Up an Out of Office Vacation Auto-Reply in Outlook
Sure, you could take your email with you. But a few hours, days or weeks without incoming messages are a great thing to enjoy once in a while. Outlook can reply to new emails in the meantime.
Granted, Outlook does not reply to the emails’ contents in the articulate manner recipients have come to expect from you, but it will reply with a message hand-crafted by you, and it will let all senders know you are currently not able to respond individually. Ideally, the message will also say when you expect to be back and kicking emails.
Set Up an Out of Office Vacation Auto-Reply in Outlook for Any Account
To set up an autoresponder in Outlook, let’s first create the message used for the reply:
- ›› Step by Step Screenshot Walkthrough (using Outlook 2003)
- In Outlook 2003:
- Make sure Word is not enabled as the email editor in Outlook.
- Start a new message.
- Type the Subject and message of your auto-reply.
- Try to include when people mailing you in your absence can expect a personal answer. This might be some time after you will have returned.
- Optionally, you can add Cc: and Bcc: recipients to send a copy of each automatic reply.
- If you set up the auto-reply to go to all mail (instead of only to select contacts), keep in mind thatrevealing too much can pose a risk.
- In Outlook 2010: