How to set up Automatic Replies or Vacation Reply in Outlook

Email is still one of the primary forms of communication and if essential emails don’t get a reply on time, it can be annoying. If you are on a vacation or holiday, it is crucial to let the person know you will respond later. This is where Automatic Replies come into the picture. In this post, I will share how you can set up automatic replies on as well as in Microsoft Outlook. It will send a pre-written email when you are not available to respond to emails.

Set up Automatic Replies in

To set up Automatic Replies or Vacation Reply in Outlook on the Web, follow these steps:

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  • Open Outlook Web, and click on the Settings icon on the top left.
  • Scroll to the end and click on View all Outlook settings
  • Switch to the Mail section in the Settings app, and look for Automatic replies
  • Toggle on Turn on automatic replies
  • Next, choose how long (Start and End date) you want automatic replies to work
  • When you enable to start and end date, there are three actions you can setup
  • Block calendar for that period
  • The automatic decline of new invitations for events that occur during that period
  • Decline and cancel meetings during this period
  • Now choose to compose a message where you can add details on where you are, and whom to contact in case of your absence
  • Lastly, you can choose to reply to only contacts in your address book.

Fun Fact: It was also known as Out of Office or Vacation Reply.

Two essential things to be careful about here:

  • It’s important to choose the “Only reply to contacts” option to protect your privacy. This ensures that your information isn’t shared with people who aren’t in your contacts list, especially those who might send you junk mail.
  • While you can skip selecting a duration, but then it will keep working even when you are back. So, it’s best to have a dedicated date setup.

The Automatic Replies feature will turn off automatically on the specified end date. All related emails will be marked as unread.

You can now set up multiple out-of-office replies in Outlook. You can select which messages you want to respond to, and even set up different responses for different people.

Set up Automatic Replies in Microsoft Outlook

To Set up Automatic Replies in Microsoft Outlook:

  • Open Microsoft Outlook
  • Click on the File tab in the top left corner
  • You will see the Account Information panel
  • Under the Info tab, you will see Automatic Replies
  • Click on it to open its configuration box
  • Select the option to Send automatic replies & configure the settings as required.

That is all there is to it! I hope these tips were easy to follow.

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