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How do I put Out of Office on through Outlook?

NOTE: If you are wanting to set this up on a shared mailbox you will need to set up a separate Outlook profile. It is quicker, easier and also recommended to set shared mailboxes Out of Office/Auto Response through Outlook Web App (OWA).

  1. Open Outlook
  2. Click File
    Select file
  3. Click Automatic Replies
    Automatic Replies
  4. Click Send automatic replies
  5. Tick Only send during this time range: - Strongly recommended
    NOTE: If you would like the Out of Office on indefinitely you can skip Steps 5 - 6 and go straight to Step 7. 
  6. Select:
    • Start date and time
    • End date and time
  7. Enter/edit Out of Office message
    Automatic Replies options
  8. Click Outside My Organization (On) tab
  9. Tick Auto-reply to people outside my organisation
  10. Ensure Anyone outside my organisation is selected
  11. Copy and paste Out of Office message from Step 7 or edit accordingly
    Automatic Replies outside organisation options
  12. Click OK

NOTE: Once the selected End time: has past the Out of Office will automatically turn itself off.

Further Assistance

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