How do I set an automatic away or vacation message?

This feature is also known as an out-of-office auto-reply message.

You can set an away message that automatically replies to people who send you messages when you are out of the office for an
extended period of time.

The auto-reply message is sent to each recipient only once, regardless of how many messages that person sends you during the designated vacation period.

To create an away message:

  1. Click the Preferences tab.

  2. Click the Mail tab. The Mail tab appears.

  3. Scroll down to the Receiving Messages area.

    1. Check Send auto-reply message.
  4. Enter the message to be sent in the text box, such as the message shown above.

  5. Check Start Date.

  6. Click the arrow to open the calendar, and select the start for the away message.

  7. Check End Date.

  8. Click the arrow to open the calendar, and select the end for the away message. The End Date is the last date (inclusive) that the away message is sent.

Note: Setting the Start Date and End Date is optional.

  1. Click Save.

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