Enabling the Out of Office Auto Response feature in Outlook (also called Vacation Mode by some) is a handy way of letting co-workers or customers know your away from the Office (vacation / holiday etc..) and not checking email regularly. Turning on the feature is very simple both from the Outlook desktop client (outlook 2000/2003/2007) and remotely using the Outlook Web Access client.
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How-to Enable the Microsoft Outlook Out of Office Assistant (Auto Response)
1. Open Outlook, Click Tools, Out of Office Assistant
2. Click Radio Button I am currently Out of the Office, Type the Text you wish to be sent to the people who send you email (note my example text below) and Click OK
The text Out of Office will be displayed on the bottom right corner of your Outlook client as a reminder that your Out of Office Assistant is enabled and your Out of Office Auto-Reply will respond to anyone who sends you email. I think Microsoft did this because many people (myself included) forget to turn off the Out of Office Assistant when they return to the office. Granted, only 1 Out of Office auto-reply will be sent to each Sender however the reminder is handy.
The Out of Office Reminder also has another purpose, Disabling the Out of Office Auto-Reply Assistant!
To Disable simply Click the Down Arrow on the Out of Office Reminder and Click Turn off Out of Office auto-replies