How to Set Up a Vacation Auto-Response in Windows Mail

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Open Notepad

Type
Type "Vacation Auto-Reply" under "File name:". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Open Notepad.
  • Type the message you want to appear in the body of your autoresponse.
  • Select File | Save from the menu.
  • Type "Vacation Auto-Reply" under File name:.
  • Make sure Text Documents (*.txt) is selected under Save as type:.
  • Click Save.
  • Close Notepad.

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Open Windows Mail or Outlook Express

Select
Select "Tools | Message Rules | Mail..." from the menu. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Open Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
  • Select Tools | Message Rules | Mail... from the menu.

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Go to the "Mail Rules" tab

Click
Click "New...". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Go to the Mail Rules tab.
  • Click New....

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Make sure "Where the To or CC line contains people" is checked

Click on the
Click on the "contains people" link under "Rule Description". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Make sure Where the To or CC line contains people is checked under Select the Conditions for your rule:.
    • Alternatively, you can check For all messages. It usually makes sense to reply automatically only to messages sent directly to your email address, however.
  • Under Select the Actions for your rule:, check Reply with message.
  • Click on the contains people link under Rule Description.

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Type your email address

Click
Click "Add". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Type your email address.
  • Click Add.
    • If you have more than one address, repeat the previous two steps.
  • Click OK.

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Now click the "message" link

Click the
Click the "message" link. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Now click the message link, also under Rule Description.

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Select "Text (*.txt)" from the "Files of type:" drop-down menu

Select
Select "Text (*.txt)" from the "Files of type:" drop-down menu. Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Select Text (*.txt) from the Files of type: drop-down menu.

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Highlight the "Vacation Auto-Reply" file

Click
Click "Open". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Highlight the "Vacation Auto-Reply" file.
  • Click Open.

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Under "Name of the rule:", type something like "Vacation Auto-Reply"

Click
Click "OK". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Under Name of the rule:, type something like "Vacation Auto-Reply" as well.
  • Click OK.

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Click "OK" again

Click
Click "OK". Heinz Tschabitscher

  • Click OK again.