Automatically reply to email messages with an Exchange Server account

Automatic Replies in Microsoft Outlook 2013 respond to the first email message you receive from someone. Let people know you aren’t in the office or your response might be delayed. Automatic Replies can include a referral to someone else who can respond in your absence.


 Notes 

Microsoft Exchange 2013, Exchange 2010, Exchange 2007 accounts

If you aren’t sure which version of Exchange Server your account uses, see Determine the version of Microsoft Exchange Server my account connects to.

  1. Click File > Automatic Replies.

If you don’t see this command, you probably don’t have an Exchange Server account.

  1. Select Send automatic replies.
  2. If you want, select the Only send during this time range check box to schedule when your out of office replies are active. If you don’t specify a start and end time, auto-replies are sent until you select the Do not send automatic replies check box.
  3. On the Inside My Organization tab, type the response that you want to send to teammates or colleagues while you are out of the office.
  4. On the Outside My Organization tab, select the Auto-reply to people outside my organization check box, and then type the response that you want to send while you are out of the office. Select whether you want replies sent to My contacts only or to Anyone outside my organization who sends you messages.


 Notes 

  • Organization is usually defined as your company and includes people who have an Exchange Server account on your email system.
  • If you select My Contacts only, replies are sent only to contacts that exist in your Exchange Server Contacts folder. If the contact exists only in a folder that is a part of an Outlook Data File (.pst), then the auto-reply message isn’t sent.

Microsoft Exchange 2003 accounts

  1. Click File > Automatic Replies > I am currently Out of the Office.
  2. In the AutoReply only once to each sender with the following text box, type your away message.

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Use rules with Automatic Replies

If you aren’t going to check email messages while you’re out of the office, use Automatic Replies with rules to automatically manage incoming messages by specifying what action Outlook should take with them. For example, you can create rules to automatically move or copy messages to other folders, to delete messages, to send custom replies, and so on.

  1. Click File > Automatic Replies.
  2. Click Rules > Add Rule.
  3. Under When a message arrives that meets the following conditions, specify the conditions that the message must meet for the rule to be applied. If you want to specify more conditions, click Advanced, enter or select the options that you want, and then click OK.
  4. If you want to specify that this rule must be applied last, select the Do not process subsequent rules check box.
  5. Under Perform these actions, select the actions that you want. You can select more than one action.

Follow the previous steps to edit Automatic Replies rules that you already have.

  • To turn Automatic Replies rules on or off, in the Automatic Reply Rules dialog box, check or uncheck each rule that you want to turn on or off.

How can I tell if I have an Exchange account?

  • Click File > Account Settings > Account Settings.

Account Settings in the Backstage view

On the Email tab, the list of accounts indicates the type of each account.

Microsoft Exchange account as appears in the Account Settings dialog box

 
 
Applies to:
Outlook 2013