Outlook automated reply.

I have setup in outlook 2003 an automated reply but it only works if my computer is switched on.  I really dont see how that helps me because if I was away I would have to leave my computer on for that period wasting god knows how much electricity.  Is there a way to do this without having computer switched on?

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war1Commented:
ziggles,

If you set up a rule to auto reply to messages, you need to leave Outlook ON to make the auto reply.

Check if your email service have webmail.  There may be an auto reply in webmail that you can use.
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zigglesAuthor Commented:
That puzzles me as surely people aint going to want to leave there computer on.  After a while your computer will go into stand by mode when not in use for a certain period of time.  My girlfriend said she doesnt have to leave her computer on at work to make automated reply work.  
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war1Commented:
If you have standby in your power system, disable standby.  Outlook needs to be running for auto reply to work.  Since the information is coming from your computer, you need to leave it on.  

If you have webmail for your auto reply, then the email account servers does the work, but you do not have to leave your computer on.
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FrankcoCommented:
Hi ziggles,

Create the rule using "Have server reply using a specific message.
This option is located in the "What you want to do with this message" section.

cheers,
frankco
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zigglesAuthor Commented:
Hi frankco

Cant see anything that mentions server.  I have it set at "reply using a specific template"

ziggles
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FrankcoCommented:
Hi ziggles,

Are you using an Exchange server? If not, the rule may not be there. If so, look agian. It's right under "Redirect it to people or distribution" list and above "reply using a specific template".

cheers,
frankco
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war1Commented:
ziggles,

If you had Exchange, you could have used Out of Office Assistant.  Then you do not need to keep the computer on all the time.  (Server has to be on all the time.)  I assume you do not, so that is why you are using rules and have to leave the computer on.
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war1Commented:
ziggles,

We have not heard from you in awhile. Have we answered your original question? If an Expert helped you, please accept his/her answer above with an excellent or good grade.

Thanks, war1
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