Rules / Out of Office Template

Posted on 2005-04-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I need to create a "rule" to reply to incoming messages that I will be out of town etc.  I am not on an Exchange network.  I have gotten as far as "what do you want to do with the message" in the Rules wizard and thought I wanted to reply using a "specific template" but am not sure where to creat this text and if this is the correct or best way to do this.

Any help would be most appreciated,

Question by:baldridged
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    Expert Comment

    Hope you are using MS-Outlook as your email client
    Out Of Office assistant
    Choose I am currently out of office
    Key in your text and save
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    Expert Comment

    If you are NOT on an exchange network out of office assistant will not work usless you are prepared to leave your computer turned on for the whole time you are away.


    Author Comment

    I am not on exchange and DO plan to leave my PC on.  I have done this before, a few years ago and it worked.

    Thank you.............Doreen

    Accepted Solution

    I found my own answer and will post it and withdraw the question:

    When you use Outlook in the Corporate or Workgroup (CW) installation and you are not using Outlook with a Microsoft Exchange Server computer, you cannot use the Out of Office Assistant to automatically reply to messages when you are away from your computer. You can, however, emulate this feature by creating an e-mail message template and defining a rule in the Rules Wizard to automatically reply with the template.
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    How to Define an Automatic Reply Template
    1. On the Actions menu, point to New mail Message Using, and then click Plain Text.
    2. In the body of the e-mail message, type the information that you want to appear in your reply message.
    3. On the File menu, click Save As.
    4. Click to select the Outlook Template check box in the Save As Type box.
    5. Type a name for your reply template in the File Name box, and click Save.

    How to Define a Rule to Send an Automatic Reply
    1. On the Tools menu, click Rules Wizard.
    2. In the Rules Wizard dialog box, click New.
    3. In the Which type of rule do you want to create box, click Check messages when they arrive, and then click Next.
    4. In the Which condition(s) do you want to check box, click to select the Sent Only To Me check box or any other criteria that you want, and then click Next.
    5. In the What do you want to do with the message box, click to select the Reply using a specific template check box.
    6. In the Rule Description box, click a specific template.
    7. Click User Templates in File System in the Look In box, click the template that you just created, and then click Open.
    8. Follow the instructions in the Rule Wizard, click Finish, and then click OK.
    The "reply using a specific template" rule is designed to send the reply only once to each sender. This prevents Outlook from sending repetitive replies to a sender from whom you receive multiple messages.

    During a session, Outlook remembers the list of users to whom it has responded. However, if you restart Outlook, the list is deleted and the rule starts again for each sender.

    NOTE: Outlook must be running for the Rules Wizard to automatically reply to e-mail messages. Also, Outlook must be configured to periodically check for new e-mail messages and set to hang up when finished sending and receiving e-mail messages.

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